We, like so many people around the world, are outraged and horrified by the killing of George Floyd in the US and all others who have been killed, attacked, or unfairly treated as a result of systemic racism.
Oxford Friends of the Earth stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Seeing people across the world take to the streets to demand a better and just world has been inspiring. But being inspired is not enough. We are an environmental organisation and social justice is directly linked to our aims and our work.
The environmental movement has been weak on tackling racism and promoting diversity. This is a moment in history when we are all being called upon to do better: to understand the problems, and to learn and commit to taking action for equality and justice – to improve lives and improve the world.
We commit to learn and do better. We will challenge racism where we see it and will work to increase ethnic diversity within our organisation and within the environmental sector. We will look to collaborate with other organisations on this so that we can learn and improve our work, and support underrepresented voices to speak with us.
There can be no environmental justice without racial justice.
We are developing guidance and resources on environmental justice. These will be added here.