During this week leading up to the March for Science in Washington D.C. we at MedHum | Daily Dose want to reaffirm the importance of rigorous, ongoing scientific research that informs and is informed by social justice action locally, nationally, and globally. In the past year, environmental catastrophes within the United States, such as the Flint water crisis and Dakota Access Pipeline, have highlighted the need for a movement toward environmental sustainability that centers the experiences and leadership of historically and currently marginalized populations who are often most vulnerable to the effects of pollution and climate change.
Below are a few links for those interested in further reading and opportunities for action. We encourage you to take five minutes, fifteen minutes, an hour, half a day — whatever you can spare — to learn something new about the ongoing struggle, and contribute where you can.
Learn about the work of the Indigenous Environmental Network and consider making a donation to support their ongoing efforts. In November 2016, WNYC’s On the Media spoke with IEN organizer Kandi Mossett about the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, and the episode is very much worth listening to.
We encourage you to read and sign the Indigenous Science March for Science Letter of Support, whether as a member of an indigenous community or as an ally.
The NAACP has an Environmental & Climate Justice program that you can learn about and contribute to here.
Learn about the role investigative journalism played in bringing national attention to the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Then read the Michigan Civil Rights Commission report on the water crisis as a manifestation of systemic racism.
If you are interested in joining a public protest over the next two weeks, but are not in the Washington, D.C. area, check out the March for Science (April 22) and People’s Climate March (April 29) websites for local opportunities to make your support for climate justice visible in the streets.
And finally, consider setting up an automatic monthly donation, if it is in your budget, to a climate justice organization — in addition to IEN and NAACP there is 350.org and the Union of Concerned Scientists both of which are working toward an equitable, sustainable future.
If you have other suggestions for where MedHum readers might learn more or contribute their time, money, or expertise, please share links below.