In case you’d forgotten with so much else going on in the world, the global #ClimateMarch has begun and is headed steadily toward your time zone, so put on your walking shoes and your giant ear costume if you have one sitting around.

Following the people’s march on Sunday, representatives of the world’s governments will gather to work out a universal climate agreement to reduce emissions.

Reason magazine gives a preview of the two-week conference, which involves negotiators from nearly 200 countries. They might, says Reason, “hammer out a global carbon budget distribution based on climate justice.”

Actor Adam Baldwin needs some clarification of terms here.

Or, put more succinctly:

Well put.

As Reason explains, “Because the world’s richest countries have contributed most to the problem, they have a greater obligation to take action and to do so more quickly.” The organization 350, so called because of its mission to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere from >400 parts per million to below 350, also claims that “the fight against climate change is a fight for justice”: “That means listening to the communities who are getting hit the hardest, and following the leadership of those who are on the front lines of the crisis.”

Remarkably, 350 manages to link climate change to #BlackLivesMatter and the current #Justice4Jamar movement in Minneapolis.

How does it do that, exactly?

Writing about the “xenophobic backlash” against Syrian refugees and the “beating and choking” of a black man at a Donald Trump rally, 350 explains:

These are only a few of the many forms of insidious threats against communities of color, particularly Black people, that persist in our justice system, that create inequities in access to clean air and water, and that feed a cycle of division and prejudice.

Addressing climate change means replacing the old unequal systems with a new world; it requires us to fight racism and climate change hand-in-hand. Our movement gets weaker when we talk about climate change only through the lens of saving the environment. It gets stronger when we can talk fluidly about how climate change is impacting our people, is about racial and economic justice, is about reconnecting to our spiritual roots, is about the daily problems people face.

There certainly are a lot of environmental groups that claim their power from an understanding of the hard sciences and yet conflate CO2 levels with spiritual roots.

Don’t forget gender justice.

Now is everything clear? Then get marching!

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