And the right to protect all from the existential threat of climate change.
We at Climate Smart believe in building a livable, safe future for all. The world we're working to build every day is one where the great diversity of humanity and the ecosystems on which we depend don't merely survive, but thrive. That's why we can't ignore issues of human rights, equity and justice that deeply impact all of us - especially those who have been historically excluded and oppressed, or are already most vulnerable to the dangers of an unstable climate.
As individuals whose own bodies and choices are affected by the ruling on reproductive rights, our team grieves how our siblings across the country will be impacted, both immediately and in the long term. Our fight for a climate-safe world is interwoven with the fight for protecting the rights of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. We are intimately aware of how recent Supreme Court rulings threaten those rights, particularly for women and for tribal communities. And with today's devastating ruling gutting the EPA's key tool for cutting carbon emissions, the uphill climb to solve the climate crisis just got steeper. (We'll share more thoughts on this soon.)
As we wrote in our Sustainable Missoula column recently, with so much going on in the world it's easy to feel disconnected and despairing. The antidote is to become agents of connection everywhere we go: calling out the ways climate and justice issues intersect; finding solutions that build a healthier AND more equitable planet; and building the political will and solidarity as a wider community to advocate for transformative change. We're committed to this work long term, and hope you'll join us.
Abby & the Climate Smart team