Social and Climate Justice
By Cliff DuRand
At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Gregory Diamant delivers a talk entitled “Social and Climate Justice: Fraternal Twins of the 21st Century.”
Sun, Dec 14, 10:30am
“Social and Climate Justice: Fraternal Twins of the 21st Century”
Speaker: Gregory Diamant
Hotel Posada de la Aldea
For the past two decades the vast majority of the world’s most eminent climate scientists have warned of the dangers of the steadily increasing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere due to the profligate use of fossil fuels. The effect of these increased levels has led to the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, the shrinking of the protective ozone layers and our polar ice caps, and the acidification of the oceans.
But what has, until very recently, not been strongly noted is that worldwide struggles for social justice can no longer be conducted without the issue of climate justice being part and parcel of these struggles. Just as our physical environment is and will be changed by anthropogenic climate change, so must our social justice efforts. In fact, Diamant argues that the fight for social justice on myriad levels cannot succeed without climate change informing all of these struggles. Yes, there will be catastrophic events: how are we going to confront them?
Special music will be provided by the High Desert Rangers.
Gregory Diamant has been an activist for more than 50 years and studied climate change issues for the past 20 years. Since moving to San Miguel 10 years ago, he has served as president of the board of the Biblioteca and volunteered with the Sociedad Protectora de Animales, Amigos de Animales, and the Center for Global Justice. He has also taken up acting and appeared in a number of local productions.