“The story of Baltimore doesn’t start with the wrongful death of Freddie Gray. It didn’t start with the wrongful deaths of Mike Brown or Eric Garner. The deep anger that the citizens of Baltimore are expressing in the streets is rooted in a long history of oppression. And it’s that same history of oppression that has landed us in this historical moment — with an overheating climate, a politics of cynicism, and unrest bubbling up across the globe.
It is not a reach to say that Baltimore is connected to climate change. Inequality brought us here in both cases: the exploitation of natural resources by the few at the expense of the many, the exploitation of black and brown bodies and communities for the sake of profit (or cost-savings, or negligence, or simple racism).” - Rae Breaux