"Disaster Decolonization: A Statement from the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice in the Era of COVID-19, Disaster Capitalism, and Heterosexist Racial Violence"
Summary: We argue that the only solution to climate change and healing the Earth is to dismantle the 500+ years of capitalist heteropatriarchal colonialism that has created a disaster in the so-called U.S. and the globe: the long disaster of climate colonialism requires the antidote of disaster decolonization.
We focus on climate change as a symptom of colonial, imperialist, and capitalist structures that cannot be solved within settler governments, nor with reformist policies like the still-capitalist Green New Deal. We critique the Green New Deal as a solution to climate change and analyze COVID-19, #BLM uprisings and #LandBack as important contexts to see decolonization and rematriation of indigenous lands and waters as necessary life-saving movements. We end with suggested tools for conviviality for building autonomous and feminist relationship-building practices within decolonial and abolition movements.
Full Manifesto Forthcoming
Preliminary writings on "Disaster Decolonization":