When climate activists talk about "system change," it shouldn't just be some long-term goal we have in our heads. Here & now, we have to challenge concepts & power structures we might take for granted, even in our meetings, our conversations, & our everyday decisions. We have to be aware that even our small actions (or inaction) can promote some form of discrimination or dominance of one group over another. Only by including as many diverse voices as possible can we keep our privilege in check and slowly address these systemic problems. In a system that normalizes oppression, we as individuals often fail to see problems because we're just so used to it. But it's our duty as activists to correct ourselves collectively, & be there for each other to fight this system — even, & especially when it benefits us too. And like everything, it's a process. No movement is perfect right from the very start, and we have to accept that we will never be perfect. We will constantly have to learn and grow. It's difficult and it will hurt calling out our friends but it has to be from a place of love. & not for the sake of being right or wrong. It's up to us to make sure we listen to others, learn from & correct our mistakes, decenter ourselves, and center & amplify most marginalized communities in order to grow into something better and stronger. That's how we will win 💗
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