Being the Change

Can we talk? Here’s the conversation African Americans need to have about climate change

Over the weekend my maternal family go together for our Thanksgiving celebration. I took it as an opportunity to guayule my family’s standing of the environment and the impending global changes. Going into the conversation, I had assumed that because many of them are generally disconnected from the happenings of the world, they would all be pretty disconnected. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I asked a room of 15 lower middle class African Americans, “What do you guys think about climate change”. Only one or two of those people claimed that they had better things to worry about. A large number of them became really passionate about instituting changes in our country. A reoccurring concern was the fact that lower class Americans emit less toxins than the average American, but they stand to bear the grunt of their effects. My aunt, also argued that many people do not consider how their actions affect the world because they know that they will be able to protect themselves from said affects with access to safe homes, medical care, and the ability to relocate if necessary. I was intrigued by how the conversation quickly turned to things that we as individuals could do to combat climate change. Most of us already use energy efficient light bulbs and household appliances, and recycling bins but we can do more to use lees “stuff”. To fix and reuse items, rather than ditch them and buy new ones. This document from the NAACP describes the effects of climate change and the populations at risk for their effects.

Moriah Israel

2 thoughts on “Being the Change

  1. I really enjoyed your unique approach to this weeks blog, I would have never of thought about talking to my family about the issues we discuss in class. Great choice of a topic.

    Josie Silvey


  2. Great post! I love how interested they were in making a change. I believe this is true for many people, but the problem is that they do not have a way to get their voice heard. Do you think there is a way to change this so everyones voice can be heard and supported?

    Halle Van De Hey


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