I teach Queer Theory and Sexuality Studies courses at WWU. I am currently reworking my syllabus to give primacy to climate change issues with action being a central focus to course assignments. As I began networking to find resources for the Queer Theory and Sexuality Studies course a number of folks questioned the connection.
I was seeking sources on the connection between exploitation of land and the exploitation and regulation of bodies and sources that celebrate the strengths of queer, particularly queer Indigenous people and people of color, as key to fighting and surviving climate change. I have found these elements in the documentary Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change developed by the Queer Ecojustice Project.
The Queer Ecojustice Project has recently been featured in an article with Yes! magazine, “To Survive Climate Catastrophe, Look to Queer and Disabled Folks.” All too often climate change and this particular intersection of social locations is framed solely in terms of “risk” factor and my survival feels increasingly tenuous. As a queer and disabled person, I was moved to tears by this first mention I’ve seen that lifts up the communities that have sustained me as part of how I will continue to be sustained and how I will help to sustain others.
Whether or not you personally are queer, their approach has some powerful implications that will help the work for a livable future. They are truth tellers who name the very real dangers we are in but they do not stop there. They are doing the community building necessary to have local food, medicine, and energy sources that will help ensure that vulnerable populations will cease to be left behind. They centre the land, they centre decolonizing, and they are bringing people together. This has been one of the most hope inducing projects I have encountered.
Here are two clear ways you can get involved:
- You can contact them about organizing or joining a “node” group in the area.
- You can make a donation, however small or large, to support the documentary and project.
I recently made a donation and was delighted to find that they give gifts of a beautiful and powerful ‘zine (to be added to my course reading list) and posters with truly revolutionary artwork. So think of it as donating or think of it as purchasing great work, this is a project worth supporting!
PS If you are in Bellingham, WA on the rightful land of Lummi and Nooksack nation, let’s build a “node” together!