The fossil fuel industry is deeply embedded in our nation’s legacy of systemic racism. Every stage of coal, oil, and gas production disproportionately harms Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities — and makes all of us worse off. Today, we’re joined by Colette Pichon Battle, Joe McNeil, and Tim Donaghy for a powerful discussion about fossil fuel racism: what it is, why it matters, and what we can do to end it.
Read Greenpeace USA, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, and the Movement for Black Lives report on Fossil Fuel Racism: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/reports/fossil-fuel-racism/
The report synthesizes existing research and provides new analysis to illustrate the scale and severity of this public health crisis.
Take action at https://firedrillfridays.com/Take-Action/
About our guests:
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy. Colette works with local communities, national funders and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery and was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015 a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power and ecology, Colette manages GCCLP’s legal services in immigration law and disaster law. In 2018, Pichon Battle joined on the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table Leadership Team leading to advance national work on Climate Justice.
Joseph McNeil, Jr. (Hunkpapa Lakota, African-American ) is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He is a descendant of Sitting Bull through his mother and his father is one of the original members of the 1960 Greensboro Four sit-in movement in North Carolina. McNeil serves as the General Manager of SAGE Development Authority, President of Standing Rock Development Corporation, Manager of Rock Industries Corp., and Chairman of the Board of the Oyate Community Development Finance Institute in Ft. Yates, N.D. In 2019, he was awarded the Bush Foundation Fellowship for leadership. McNeil is also an M.I.T. Oceti Sakowin Inaugural Fellow (2018), serving as an activist for Indigenous rights and community economic development.
Tim Donaghy joined Greenpeace USA’s Research unit in 2014. His research has focused on climate change and energy policy, with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry. Before joining Greenpeace, he investigated political interference in science with the Union of Concerned Scientists and worked on sustainable development projects while living in Nicaragua. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. He currently lives in Oakland, CA (Ohlone territory).