Our Commitment to Intersectional Environmentalism


Our Commitment to Intersectional Environmentalism

Slow production is not just one of Coclico's fundamental values, but a guiding principle that affects how we approach our work and our lives each and every day.

This past week we have realized that, as a company, we must do more to effect real changeAs we explored how we might support the Black Lives Matter movement in both words and actions, we came across Leah Thomas. Leah beautifully explains that Intersectional Environmentalism is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront, and does not minimize or silence social inequality.

Robert D. Bullard  explains, "The rich have a bigger carbon footprint than the poor, but it is the poor who are more likely to be people of color in this country and who are often most vulnerable to the impact of climate change."

 As Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, "People of color disproportionately bear climate impacts, from storms to heatwaves to pollution. Fossil-fueled power plants and refineries are disproportionately located in black neighborhoods, leading to poor air quality and putting people at higher risk for coronavirus."

The fight for a world that is green for all and not just for some is directly intertwined with the fight for racial equality. As sustainability and environmental impacts of production have always been part of our core values, we pledge to continue to advocate for those issues, while focusing on amplifying the voices of those who have historically been silenced. We pledge to continue to listen, learn, and take action. 

Starting this week, we are happy to offer the opportunity for our customers to join us. At checkout you will notice an option to round up your purchase to support four intersectional environmental organizations. Any donations will be matched by us.

 

We thank our incredible and diverse community of women who have shown their support for our tiny company over the past 20 years. We feel connected to you more than ever.

For additional information about Intersectional Environmentalism we found these articles to be enlightening and inspirational:

NY Times  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/05/climate/racism-climate-change-reading-list.html