Australian anthropologist Erin Fitz-Henry argued in a Monday essay that climate change is an act of “white colonization.”
In her article for news website The Conversation — titled “Climate change is white colonization of the atmosphere. It’s time to tackle this entrenched racism” — Fitz-Henry claimed that “it’s long been recognized that people of color suffer disproportionate harms under climate change – and this is likely to worsen in the coming decades.”
- “However, most rich white countries, including Australia, are doing precious little to properly address this inequity,” Fitz-Henry, an expert on the “rights of nature,” added. “This injustice – a type of ‘atmospheric colonization’ – is a form of deeply entrenched colonial racism that arguably represents the most pressing global equity issue of our time.”
- She wrote that climate change interferes with food security and health services particularly in places where black and indigenous people live, and that first-world governments should provide “climate reparations” to poorer countries and populations so affected.