What might someone raised on a tiny African island have to contribute to U.S. energy, climate innovation, and climate justice?(Photo by lalesh Aldarwish on Pexels)The transformative climate change solutions we seek may come from unlikely places and sources. This is especially true when we intentionally center justice in our climate action. As we work to address climate change, we all win when we cross-pollinate and amplify the voices who bring a different lived experience to conversations like renewable energy.
So what, then, might someone raised on a tiny African island have to contribute to U.S. energy, climate innovation, and climate justice?
Origins of ExtractionTwenty-two years before Columbus left Europe to the “new” world, an uninhabited, six-square-mile island was spotted by a Spaniard off the west coast of Africa. Soon after, its first human inhabitants arrived on a Portuguese ship — a group of enslaved people taken from Angola.
And so it came to be that the first economy of the island of my childhood, Annobon, was the buying and selling of human beings.