Today’s episode is about climate change with Layel Camargo and Elena Aurora, the creators of Woke n Wasteless, and Alex Ghenis, a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability. You’re going to learn about consumption, capitalism, zero waste, climate resilience, and how people impacted the most are the ones with the wisdom and creative solutions. You’ll also learn about the relationship between, conflict, migration and climate change.
Belser, Julia Watts. Disabled People Cannot Be “Expected Losses” in the Climate Crisis, Truthout, September 20, 2019.
Berne, Patty and Vanessa Raditz. To Survive Climate Catastrophe, Look to Queer and Disabled Folks, Yes Magazine, July 30, 2019.
Call for Stories: #PowerToLive, Disability Visibility Project, October 26, 2019.
Dias, Isabel. The UN is calling for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the climate change debate, Pacific Standard, July 25, 2019.
Dines, Hannah. “The climate revolution must be accessible – this fight belongs to disabled people too,” The Guardian, October 15, 2019.
Kosanic, Aleksandra, Petzold, Jan, Dunham, Amy and Mialy Razanajatovo. Climate concerns and the disabled community. Science, November 2019, Vol. 366, Issue 6466, pp. 698-699.
Kusick, Daniel. Pay More Attention to Climate Perils People with Disabilities Face, Experts Warn. Scientific American, November 12, 2019.
Lee, Whitney. People Who Use Inhalers Aren’t Responsible for the Climate Crisis. Corporations and Governments Are. Rooted in Rights, November 12, 2019.
Remarks by Stacey Milbern at Light up the Blackouts: A Vigil and Community Gathering -Oakland, October 10, 2019.
Shalby, Colleen. 16 youth climate activists filed a human rights complaint to the UN. How the Paradise fire inspired one. LA Times, September 24, 2019.
smith, s.e. When Disability Is a Toxic Legacy, Catapult, April 23, 2019.
Woke n Wasteless is a collaboration between, Layel Camargo and Elena Aurora. We elevate and connect the disposability of people of color with the disposability of fabricated ‘stuff’. Our work lays at the intersections of environmentalism, climate justice, and social justice. We are brown, queer, plant based, and environmentally conscious people living in Ohlone territory in colonial Berkeley, CA striving for a healthy ecological relationship to each other and Earth. Our life’s work is in improving the human experience: Layel via Transformative Justice and Ecological Justice, and Elena via Reproductive Justice and Climate Justice. We work to create a world where liberation of people and responsible management of our home, planet earth, can be the paradigm again. Ship us!
Alex Ghenis is a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Berkeley. Six years ago, he started the New Earth Disability initiative, which explores how people with disabilities will be affected by climate change and other environmental factors. Alex is largely focused on disaster readiness and improving transportation systems for people with disabilities, while inclusive climate resilience is a strong priority in all his work. He loves to get into nature, with several Bay Area parks on the bucket list. More info about New Earth Disability and WID’s other climate change work can be found at www.wid.org/climate
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Sarika D. Mehta, Co-Audio Producer
Cheryl Green, Co- Audio Producer and Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
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