Young people of color are powerful agents of social change, playing vital roles in the climate movement today. Many are already living through the challenges of the climate crisis—all over the world. They can be even more powerful and effective with active support from adult allies who back them to stand against young people’s oppression and racism. Adults are needed to fight climate change through their own initiatives and by supporting young people taking action, without requiring their work to look like that of adults. This means listening to and respecting the thinking of young people of color and staying close as they take action. Adult allies will need to do independent work on racism and young people’s oppression.
Participants will learn about the oppression of young people of color and the impact of internalized racism and young people’s oppression, the approaches used by Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism to heal from the damage of oppression, increase our effectiveness in the climate justice movement, and prevent burnout and hear how adults can support youth of color to organize effectively.
This event is part of the Health, Equality and Justice program of Climate Week NYC.