Taking to the streets on September 25 will be youth marching against environmental racism. Joining today’s podcast are two march organizers: Kayley Chery, People of Color Coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Youth, and Ayisha Siddiqa, co-founder of Polluters Out and Fossil Free University. Central to the conversation is the importance of leadership in the environmental movement from within Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Our Future Now Co-hosts Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane tackle the topic of environmental racism with Chery and Siddiqa in this episode, sharing actions listeners can take, be that joining in the march or reaching out/engaging community leaders.
“We have friends who have been at the front hands of injustice from police and from law enforcement,” Chery says. “We’re speaking up, not just on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of our friends’ narratives and the narrative of teens in New York City.”
Why this is important for everyone? Chery says, “This [environmental racism] happens on a daily basis.”
Environmental Racism: Action Items
Donate to the March Against Environmental Racism: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/maer
The Youth NYC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyouthnyc/?hl=en
Spotlight: Jessica Scarane – Dem running for Senate in Delaware, learn more about her campaign at: https://www.jessfordelaware.com/
More Our Future Now Podcasts
PODCAST: California Fires… Who Doesn’t Get an Escape Plan
PODCAST: Trump’s Actions Against Post Office Prohibit Voting
PODCAST: Behind the Scenes with Youth Activists
PODCAST: Say Hell No to HEALS Act
PODCAST: Back to School with COVID?
PODCAST: Young Political Advisor Explains Environmental Policy’s Impact on Climate and COVID
PODCAST: GRAMMY-Nominated Activist Declares — Vote!
PODCAST: Is Defunding the Police the Answer
PODCAST: Black Youth Share Experiences with Police
PODCAST: Our World’s New Leaders — Kids
PODCAST: Racial Injustice — Our World Is At a Precipice
PODCAST: Senate’s Stall of HEROES Act Will Hurt Education
PODCAST: Exploitation of CARES Act Could Harm Families
PODCAST: COVID’s Impact on Environmental Health and Our Health, Too
PODCAST: Teens Fight For Family Members on Frontlines #YourWorkersMyFamily
PODCAST: How COVID-19 Is Harming College Students
The Our Future Now Collaboration
Our Future Now, a National Children’s Campaign Podcast is co-hosted by Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane. Gottlieb and Mebane are also co-founders of NCC. Gottlieb, a high school senior from Petaluma, California, is also the captain of One Planet Living and the co-founder and president of Global Awareness. Mebane is the Associate Director of US Policy for 350, an international movement looking to end the use of fossil fuels while promoting renewable energy.
Our Future Now is a collaboration between Parentology, the National Children’s Campaign and Goal 17 Media.
The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of America’s 74 million children and youth, making sure our nation’s political leaders prioritize issues –health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement — that matter to those who are too young to vote. You can read more about today’s episode on the NCC blog here.
Goal 17 Media is a media network producing podcasts, videos and documentaries that inspire individuals and contribute to the common good.