How is the LGBTQ+ community central to provide climate justice and make the society more sustainable?
20 june ‘22
The LGBTQ+ community is central to the fight for social and climate justice…read to find out how!
Words by Varnika Srivastava
The climate and ecological crises have had well-documented repercussions. The crisis' consequences and impacts on queer communities around the world are also complex. LGBTQ+ individuals are particularly vulnerable to the violence and exploitation that have been perpetuated by conditions that contribute to the climate crisis because of their pre-existing social marginalisation. The causes of the climate crisis are similar to the power structures that push LGBTQ+ people to the periphery of society. Historic grassroots LGBTQ+ movements can teach us a lot about how to fight for environmental justice now. The common activist slogan "there can be no climate justice without social justice" stems from these analogies.
"There can be no climate justice
without social justice"
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Agenda 2030 in 2015, outlining 17 Sustainable Development Goals to drive global development over the next decade, that are meant to provide the above mentioned climate and social justice. The vow to "leave no one behind" is a crucial component of the SDGs, recognising that the 169 targets must be realised for all parts of society, including marginalised groups and vulnerable people, in order to eradicate poverty and establish a sustainable developed world.
As a result, this principle is especially important for LGBTQ+ people who are systematically excluded from society because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.
Our Climate Voices
Our Climate Voices uses narrative to transform the dynamic of the climate change conversation, focusing on communities and individuals who have been affected by the problem. This organisation seeks to prioritise human voices in its climate mission, with a particular emphasis on queer voices and LGBTQ+ activism.
Out4Sustainability is a platform for LGBTQ+ communities to co-create climate resilience and environmental justice. Advocacy, training, fundraising, and relationship-building are some of the ways they accomplish this.
Everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community, may benefit from the environment. Queer Nature was formed to provide a forum for the queer community to engage with nature and gain ecological awareness and outdoor self-efficacy skills that they would not otherwise have. Through ecological awareness, ancestral skills, and justice-based learnings, their purpose is to promote and develop environmental education for LGBTQ+ people.