By Jessica LeAnn Urban
There's becoming curiosity in addressing environmental destruction as an issue of U.S. nationwide defense. according to neo-Malthusian doomsday eventualities, gendered and racialized Others are in most cases scapegoated for ecological devastation and lack of confidence, permitting either, and their middle explanations (interlocking structures of inequality), to flourish. in the course of the lens of intersectional, postcolonial feminism, city interrogates mainstream environmental safety discourse within the usa, with specific emphasis on immigration around the U.S./Mexico border. city additionally advances replacement methods grounded now not within the greening of hate, yet in social, environmental, and reproductive justice for all.
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Com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 20 21 discourses that dehumanize and Other interrupts the ideological bases of systemic oppression and privilege. Recognizing the diversity of women’s and men’s lives, experiences, and needs in building genuinely diverse and empowering national and transnational coalitions against all forms of oppression is essential to feminist solidarity and transformative, progressive change. Scholar-activists included in my analytical framework argue for resistance that is historically, materially, culturally, and politically contextualized; nonelitist; and directed toward dismantling the entire matrix of domination and privilege.
As the authors crassly note, “the future world food situation may be better represented by Rwanda than by Iowa” (Ehrlich, Ehrlich, and Daily 1993, 23). This argument provides a glimpse into the enemy-creation process that I argue characterizes mainstream ES discourse more broadly: Blame for environmental destruction is placed squarely on the doorstep of the so-called Third World. Not only does “overpopulation” typify the Global South, but the Global South is also constructed as the origin of “illegal immigration,” and in fact, the origin of a whole host of security threats to countries in the Global North.
World hunger and environmental destruction are also attributable to the consumption habits of structurally privileged social groups in the Global South and the Global North. As Mira and Vandana Shiva (1993) note, “poor people use insignificant fractions of the resources used by the North and the elites of the South. ” However, it remains the poor and women of color in the Global North and South who are targeted for population control measures. In other words, the issue is not “just” maldistribution, but the maldistribution of resources, power, rights, and justice resulting from the interlocking systems and ideologies that comprise white supremacist capitalist hetero-patriarchy.