Due to the ever-growing popularity of podcasts, such forms of media have enabled listeners to participate in the fruitful discussions they foster. A great example of this is The Green New Deal Network (GND). Among its many campaigns, this coalition addresses the discriminatory policies that hinder marginalized groups and communities of color from obtaining gender and racial equity or benefiting from local, state, and national policies that would produce countless family-sustaining jobs.
Mattias Gustaf Lehman, political activist and current Digital Director of The GND Network, discusses and directs many conversations concerning the climate crisis within his recent podcast. He shares, “Racial justice and environmental justice have to be at the forefront of everything we’re thinking about and everything we’re doing,” and continues, “We are now in the fight for the future and our planet, and we must take into consideration everyone and not just a select few.”
Among many other statements, understanding and compassion are evident within the dialogue, thus centering this vital conversation of the marginalization of poor, minority communities suffering during these drastic global warming shifts. In calling to action, Lehman not only encourages progressive voice and chat amongst his peers and those of the community but further urges geopolitical activism in addition to racism and classism.
If interested in diving deeper into the racial inequities and the worsening climate crisis that persists to affect individuals of all communities, or wanting to discover ways in which you can counter or alleviate such sustainable issues and challenges, then here are the following podcasts, blogs, and television shows that enable you to engage:
1. The Spotify podcast, Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living, makes living sustainably easier. Curious about a zero-waste lifestyle? Do you want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? Each episode is brought to you from Brightly.eco by experts Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably. Start changing the world by listening to a new, bite-sized episode every week! https://brightly.eco
2. Black in the Garden, on Spotify, resides at the intersection of horticulture and Black culture in a world where most of the garden gnomes are white. Hosted by millennial Black plant enthusiasts and self-proclaimed Plantrepreneur, Colah B. Tawkin, you are destined to be a part of a great range of topics and discussions that directly influence and impact Black plant keepers at the local and national levels.https://blkinthegarden.com
3. Another Spotify podcast, Brown Girl Green, was created by Kristy Drutman, activist, speaker, and digital media strategist. In making this collaborative, intersectional online media curate conscious and culturally relevant content, Drutman engages with her audience about proactive solution-building to the climate crisis that has managed to affect marginalized communities disproportionately. https://blkinthegarden.com/ https://browngirlgreen.org
5. The television show titled, “Welcome to Earth” (2021), with Will Smith brings a more engaging and wholesome perspective of ecology and education concerning sustainability. Shown only on Disney Plus, this six-episode docuseries by National Geographic takes you on adventures from visiting the edge of an active volcano and scaling the side of a glacier to plunging to ocean depths of more than 3,300 feet with a marine biologist. The series simply utilizes the experience of Smith as he goes on a journey to connect with the Earth to encourage others to do the same.