Climate Change Matters to Black Lives.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the richest charity in the world. Their foundational goal is to end poverty and the majority of their work is with Black and Brown people around the world, especially in the Global South. The Gates Foundation has focused their work in Africa to combat malaria and polio. All of this work will be undermined by climate change, which will increase diseases and famines. Financially, Africa is the most impoverished continent, yet as a continent we have the most natural resources. These natural resources, like fossil fuel, are being stolen out of Africa by neocolonial-transnational corporations. This is what keeps Africa poor. When Black people stand up to stop the exploitative extraction, they are gunned down or go missing, as we saw in the Nigerian Delta with Shell. The same corporations that are stealing Africa’s natural resources are most responsible for climate change. Climate change is killing people mainly from the Global South.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have $420 million dollars invested in the fossil fuel industries, including $5 million in Shell. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cannot work to end poverty in Africa while simultaneously being invested in the same corporations that keep Africa poor.
We as Black Lives Matter activists, organizers, advocates and allies, call on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from all fossil fuels industries.
Organizations that signed on:
EPIC, Seattle Black Book Club
Sarra Tekola, Seattle Black Book Club & Ethiopian Black Lives Matter Activist
Banaa Be EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex)
Asha Heru EPIC, YUIR, SYPP (“”, Youth Undoing Intuitional Racism, Seattle Young Peoples Project)
Senait Brown BlackOut WA, EPIC
Devan Rogers, YUIR (Youth Undoing Insitutional Racism.) EPIC, SSC BSU
Bruce Flory, EPIC, European Dissent, Alliance for Clean Jobs & Energy, CarbonWA
Rick Derksen, EPIC, European Dissent
Dr. Kinte Perry: EPIC, Tenants Union,
James Williams, EPIC, BlackOutWA
Gabriella Sanchez-Stern, EPIC, YUIR
Garry Malachi Scott, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR OAKLAND YOUTH (RJOY)
Ariel Hart, EPIC, YUIR
Kat Culberg, RJOY
Tomás Narvaja, Black Lives Matter
Evana Enabulele, Nigerian Black Lives Matter activist
Palca Shibale, Kenyan Black Lives Matter activist
Hodan Hassan, Somalian Black Lives Matter activist
Netsie Melaku, Zambian Black Lives Matter Activist
Article written by Sarra Tekola.