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Activist Eric Holthaus claims: ‘White nationalism gave us the climate emergency…Anti-racism must be the core of climate action’

By Eric Holthaus

We are in a climate emergency. And you were born at just the right moment to help change everything.

We all watched in horror this week as hate-filled people marched into the core of our country’s most sacred spaces.

This seditious act wasn’t a spontanous lapse of security or the flailing throes of a defeated President. It was a calculated attack on our shared future.

2020 was the hottest year in recorded historyEvery single square inch of the continental United States was warmer than normal. Our country, and our nation, are in a climate emergency. Not only do white nationalists understand that, they embrace it.

This country was founded on the exploitation and extermination of non-white people who lived together with Nature, not in opposition to it. Over the past five hundred of years, that racist underpinning has continued to escalate the climate emergency.

If we don’t acknowledge the racist roots of opposition to climate action, the world is going to keep spiraling towards chaos. It’s bad now. But it will get much, much worse.

The problem is not Donald Trump himself, or even the several hundred insurrectionists that breached the US Capitol with the intent to kidnap the Vice President and members of Congress and publicly execute them in public view. As horrific as the past few days have been, the problem of white nationalism is far more widespread than almost everyone cares to admit.

I’ll say it very clearly: White nationalism is a threat to the planet. …