Come along for a topic on decolonising environmentalism and tackling systemic racism in the environmental movement! 💚✊
We are still mourning from the results of the Federal Election. We cannot get our head around to rationalise what just happened to our nation. As a political party and as an activist we have done whatever we could necessary to boot out the pro-coal Liberal Government, to save our planet or at least to save a country we call “Australia”. Many theories, speculations and opinions about what have had happened circulated everywhere. Some people have shown resistance and keep going regardless. Environmental movements, groups, old and new popping up everywhere in Australia to declare "Climate Emergency". A large group of passionate climate activists have been tirelessly campaigning on the issue of climate emergency since the doom of the Federal Election.
This is not a new phenomenon for people of colour, because when emergencies are happening on our planet, whether it is genocide, civil wars, military interventions or environmental disasters, people of colour’s voices, the voices of people who are the most impacted, have always gone missing, unheard, dismissed or ignored by the dominant cultures or decision-makers. And if there is one, it only serves as a token of apology and sympathy. For them, our cultural knowledge and wisdom are not scientific enough to solve environmental solutions. For them, our communities are not too sophisticated enough to organise themselves.
Is this true?
Is this why our opinion on environmental issues are not important?
Do we need saviours to save us?
Do we keep needing colonial epistemology and ways of knowing to save us from extinction?
Joining our panel to answer these questions will be:
- Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW
- Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Associate Professor Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization Deakin University
- Lidia Thorpe, First Aboriginal Women in Victorian Parliament
- Lisa Maza, Professional Actor/Singer and Member of the Blak Greens
RSVP to remain in the loop!
P.S. Food and refreshments will be abound. 🍕
A note on accessibility: We welcome volunteers of all abilities, diversity of genders, sexual identities, racial backgrounds, cultures, languages and experiences to join and get involved. If you require any reasonable adjustments to feel comfortable or to be able to fully participate in this event, please get in contact with Martin, details below.
We acknowledge that these events takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.