June 3, 2020
As the leadership of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group (EESG) of the American Association of Geographers, we write this statement in solidarity with the Black Geographies Specialty Group, with our Black geographer colleagues and comrades, and with protestors in cities across the US and world. Following the Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group, the Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group (QTGSG), and Latinx Geographies Specialty Group we encourage all specialty groups to show solidarity. We cannot remain silent.
Alongside the American Association of Geographers, the EESG unequivocally condemns the continued injustices against people of color in the United States, most recently observed in the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. As geographers concerned with energy and environmental issues that intersect with social, racial, and institutional injustices, we stand with people of color and Indigenous people across the globe in their struggles for equality, recognition, and life. We recognize that these struggles are not new, and that we must do better.
We believe in promoting and defending ideas that will contribute to energy and environmental justice through our research, teaching, mentorship, and advocacy. We can always do more, and we encourage our multiple audiences to resist racism in all its forms. We follow the QTGSG’s call “to acknowledge and cite, cede speaking and leadership space to, and publish and compensate Black colleagues and grassroots movements, especially as folks integrate issues like abolition and policing into curriculum and scholarship, and interrogate racism in academic spaces.” In addition to on-the-ground organizing and activism, please consider donating to one of the many organizations battling intersectional oppression. For example, see Showing Up For Racial Justice, Idle No More, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Bail-Out, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Dignity & Power Now, NAACP, The Movement for Black Lives, and the National Lawyers’ Guild. As well, please consider supporting the local and regional organizations active in your city.
Moving forward, we pledge to build an Energy and Environment Specialty Group that is more attentive to our membership’s concerns of justice, inclusion, and empowerment in our research, our pedagogy, and our service. We want to hear from the broader community to help the group learn to better resist oppression in all forms and support in any ways we can.
Black Lives Matter.
The leadership team of the EESG