The wildfires highlight the impact of current practices on the poorest and most vulnerable people of Sonoma County including our elders, our immigrant communities, renters, and communities of color.
We know that as a community, we are not alone – that all over the state, the nation, and the globe, the impacts of climate change are overwhelmingly borne by the most vulnerable.
The Justice for the Environment task force has spearheaded a campaign for the Rights of Nature. The Rights of Nature identifies ecosystems and natural communities not merely as property, but as entities that have an independent right to exist and flourish. Laws recognizing the rights of nature transform the status of natural communities and ecosystems from things to be owned into rights-bearing entities with privileges that can be enforced by people, governments, and communities.
It is not enough to build an equitable future. We must build an equitable now.