Why does eco-womanism matter?
Environmental womanism looks at environmental issues and how they intersect with other systems of oppression. An eco-womanist lens looks at how environmental issues disproportionately impact women, people of color, the lower class, and other marginalized group. This perspective is important because it tries to understand how different forms of oppression are connected. The purpose of this post is to promote a better understanding of why eco-womanism is so imperative. The following links aim to answer questions such as: how are the impacts of environmental issues intersectional? why is it an issue that concerns women? where are the women? and what are the different issues that eco-womanists tackle? The introduction of the womanist reader ( Womanism: on its own by Layli Phillips) helps establish the theoretical framework of womanism and the role of the environment. The links to Julia Manson’s Ted talk and the voices for biodiversity blog are helpful resources because they discuss what ecofeminism/womanism is and some of the issues of concern. Majora Carter’s Ted talk sheds light on how the implications of environmental injustice are rooted in systematically oppressive forces. The last two links emphasize the importance of women being included in the conversations and decisions surrounding environmental issues. Eco-womanism is crucial because the growing effects of climate change and toxicant exposures continue to disproportionately impact marginalized communities. Hopefully these resources will promote a greater understanding and interest in environmental issues from a womanist perspective.
Environmental injustice: Majora Carter