“I would love to ignore racism and focus all my attention on climate. But I can’t.”
Great read from Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on The Washington Post. Johnson is, among other things, a marine biologist, and it happens that I started to follow her just a few days ago mostly for that reason.1
Toni Morrison said it best, in a 1975 speech: “The very serious function of racism … is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” As a marine biologist and policy nerd, building community around climate solutions is my life’s work. But I’m also a black person in the United States of America. I work on one existential crisis, but these days I can’t concentrate because of another.
There are so many good bits on this piece that I could have quoted every paragraph.
I studied marine biology back in 2004-2005 at the university of Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, believe it or not.↩