I don’t know a scenario in any industry that wouldn’t benefit from the voices of a racially and culturally diverse group of people. Since the fifth grade, I have been told that diversity is good. This term has only had a positive connotation in my life.
Diversity is incredibly important in the sustainability industry, because it is truly ingrained in it’s definition.
- Sustainability is both global and local in scope
- Environmental justice is a key factor of sustainability
- There is strength in diverse voices and views
Climate change doesn’t just affect one race of people, it affects us all.
“Climate change, already a growing driver of migration, forcing families to flee water scarcity, crop failure and rising sea levels, may cause as many as 143 million people to be displaced by 2050, the World Bank has concluded in a new report.” – Time Magazine
This report is the the first to look at such possible population distributions within countries. Estimates are up to 86 million displaced people in Sub-Saharan Africa, 40 million in South Asia, and as many as 17 million in Latin America.
Reports have yet to come out on the displacement of North Americans, but considering the melting pot of races and cultures in N.A., it is clear that climate change will affect every single race.
To discount diversity as an important part of sustainability would be to deny the importance of mitigating climate change.
On a positive note, The SDSU Department of Philosophy, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, and the Department of American Indian Studies cordially invites every single one of you to a public lecture on the SDSU campus next month.
On Thursday, November 8th, at 3 P.M., Professor Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) from California State University San Marcos will be giving a sppech.
This speech is titled: “Indigenous Environmental Justice in Southern California Beach Landscapes.”
This lecture will take place on campus at Scripps Cottage. This event is free and open to the public.