Climate change and colonialism go hand-in-hand. That’s why decolonization is a better climate change solution than green-washed energy technologies.

Tesla drivers, scientists, social justice organizations, and environmentalists are urging us towards massive capital investments in renewable energies. But greenwashed energy technologies are not sustainable, nor are they climate change solutions. Original Art by Sophie Wang and CIEJ.

As a scientist, I’ve been trained to write in a specific style: succinct (read: jargony), precise (read: dry), and logical (read: formulaic). You could say that I’m tone-deaf by training. I’m good with data though, so I took a poll:

What is the appropriate tone for an op-ed piece on Earth Day 2021?

Here are the results*:

14 % — Ecstatic!

78 % — Optimistic

2 % — Dejected

6 % — Pissed

Optimists for the win.

But honestly, the things we are supposed to be celebrating this Earth Day spark no joy for me.

I’m not celebrating Biden’s executive…

Emma Jayne

Emma is a Ph.D. Geoscientist. She works in solidarity with Indigenous Land/Water defenders as a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice

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