At Koko, we want to provide resources and products for ALL humans. Accessibility and inclusivity are non-negotiables—and as lovers of Earth, we need to address that environmentalism is a social justice issue. Intersectional Environmentalism is a type of activism advocating for people and the planet. Those that are underrepresented—Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and low-income people—continue to be affected by environmental issues such as poor air and water quality.
When visiting Koko, people want to know, “Why this location?” and the truth is, where people live and the assets they’re given change drastically from neighborhood to neighborhood. Ever heard of a food desert? These are found in urban areas where marginalized people do not have access to affordable or good-quality food. Together, we can dismantle a system that has been abusing people for far too long. So what can you do? Follow these quick tips at the absolute bare minimum:
- Educate yourself + others in any way you can! Don’t expect or ask folks experiencing systemic oppression to share their traumas.
- Bring your concerns to policy makers of your city and state.
- Grow + share more fresh foods or start + participate in a community garden in neighborhoods of need!
- Go on walks + pick up trash whenever you can.
- Donate to BIPOC organizations that promote equality + restoration for people and the planet.