“Intersetionality” has its roots in black feminism and was coined by Kimberle Crenshaw. The term recognizes that axes of identity (i.e. race, gender, class, sexual orientation, citizenship status, ability, etc.) interact on multiple and often simultaneous levels, contributing to systematic injustice and inequality. It holds that different forms of oppression do not act independently of one another, but rather interrelate and compound with one another to create a system of oppression that impose unique harms to people who experience multiple vetors of oppression.
Around the same time, Audre Lorde, self-identified as a black, lesbian, warrior, mother, and poet, remarked that “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”
The climate crisis we find ourselves in arises from the same roots as the oppresive systems and discriminations our communities fight against today. While no one is immune to the impacts of climate change, poor communities and communities living the intersections of structural violence will disproportionately bear climate change’s impacts.
The following series of pages under this section provides snapshots of how climate change will impact different sectors, in addition to the great contributions those communities have to offer the climate movement from their experiences struggling against colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, and systemic violence. It will evolve to feature stories from communities in these struggles to share their own voices on how climate change impacts their communities, how they practice climate justice, and more.