-- "The colonization braved by previous generations left us economically dependent on our own cultural and environmental destruction. Our generations must regain our culture to set things right."
From the environmental justice perspective, the environment is not something that is separate from society. It includes where we live, work, play and pray. It recognizes that race is a critical factor when it comes to whose environments are saved and whose are sacrificed (namely low income, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples). “Just transition” recognizes that transition is inevitable but justice is not. As our society transitions because of the impacts of climate change and capitalism's collapse, the leadership and solutions of frontline communities is especially needed. Indigenous Peoples in particular have critical knowledge, evolved over thousands of years of direct interaction with their homelands, that can teach society to how to regain their place in the web of life.
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