The essay, ‘Without Centering Race, Identity, and Indigeneity, Climate Responses Miss the Mark’ written by James Thuo Gathii argues the need to centre the voices of the most vulnerable in predominant climate change discourses that must transcend the otherwise mainstream white and western influences.
He argues that ‘foregrounding these voices and experiences, including those relating to traditional ecological knowledge, will serve not only to better understand and address the challenges raised by climate change but also to end the “cognitive annihilation” of Indigenous heritages and world-views.’ These aspects of climate justice are critical because they make visible the most urgent impacts of climate change that have so far been peripheral in policy discussions that are dominated by scientific and economic considerations.
Sourece: Wilson Center and Adelphi (eds.), Climate Change, Equity and the Future of Democracy.
People Involved: James Thuo Gathii