Environmental Justice is an LGBTQ+ Issue

Matthew Salcido at Youth Climate Strike OKC

Matthew Salcido at Youth Climate Strike OKC

On September 20th, 2019 young people made a statement, and the world made history. Youth-led organizations like Sunrise Movement, Youth Climate Strike, and Extinction Rebellion collaborated to organize the world's largest flashpoint of action against the climate crisis in history; a global demonstration, consisting of over 4 million individual strikers, in more than 163 countries, across all seven continents. We striked for one reason- to stand in solidarity with, and to demand action against climate change and it’s disproportionate effects on the poor and marginalized. Communities like our indigenous groups, our siblings of color, and our queer family already live on the front lines of climate change. 

The Trevor Project estimates that up to forty percent of homeless youth identify as 2LGBTQ+, and those youth will face the compounded effects of climate change- their marginalized status leaving them un-housed and vulnerable during the most extreme seasons in recorded global history. 

Climate change will magnify pre-existing structural issues like food scarcity, water insecurity, and housing accessibility.  With little to no federal accountability or legislative protections, the 2LGBTQ+ community will be unprotected in the face of this crisis. Demonstrations like the #globalstrike are necessary actions to show our legislators we will not stand for their complicity- and that every one community deserves access to a safe and habitable planet. 

400+ Oklahomans came out to support our State's struggle towards environmental justice. We look forwarding to striking again, for true lived equality for all Oklahomans. 

Photo Courtesy of Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Photo Courtesy of Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Matthew Johnson Salcido is a climate justice activist, prison abolitionist, and gun sense advocate. He’s best known for his work as State Lead for US Youth Climate Strike, National Coordinator for Youth Equality Project, and Executive Board Member of March for our Lives. You may have seen him hustling with YouGoGirl OK, Women’s March Oklahoma, and Project Period. Matthew is proud to be a visible trans man, carving out spaces for intersectional advocacy that forefront the needs of marginalized queer youth.

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