Creation Care Weekly: Environmental Racism
by the Rev. Kevin McGrane,
Priest-in-Charge, Trinity Episcopal Church in St. James
and Creation Care Ministry Chair
WHY IS CLIMATE CHANGE A RACIAL JUSTICE ISSUE?
The massive changes in our climate expose extreme levels of inequality as the most vulnerable communities - largely Black and Latinx people - face multiple health consequences and disproportionate financial losses.
To learn more about these issues firsthand, the Creation Care commission invites you and your faith community to watch “Environmental Racism: Alive and Well in St. Louis,“ an online presentation led by the Women’s Voices Raised In Justice organization. Held on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., this virtual program explores the impact climate change and pollution have on marginalize segments of our society.
The speakers are Jeanette Mott Oxford, educator, advocate, former Missouri legislator, and organizer of poverty and health campaigns since 1983, and Myisha Johnson, a community organizer concerned with the environmental impact pollution has on low income communities. Both women are members of the Metropolitan Congregations United - Environmental Justice team.
The Creation Care commission encourages parish members of the Diocese of Missouri to hold virtual watch parties and discuss the programs afterwards in a zoom meeting. Ask yourselves how these issues are impacting your community, and what a role your congregation could play as followers of Jesus. Let the CCM hear from you about your party and next steps so we can feature them here in iSeek. You can contact the Rev. Kevin McGrane regarding your efforts so we can feature your parish’s program here. A link to the program is below.