Imbalance

im·bal·ance
/imˈbaləns/

noun

lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things

An ecological imbalance is a natural or human disturbance that disrupts the natural balance of an ecosystem. Following a disruption, the environment can restore to a balanced state. However, in the case of severe disorder or continuous disturbance, the ecological equilibrium will never recover. As a living species, humans play an essential part in maintaining an ecological balance. If one species is off-balance, the entire ecosystem is imbalanced.

Unrest is convulsively fanning the US, following the death of George Floyd, a Black man slain by Minneapolis police officers, contributing to long-standing disparities and inequalities faced by Blacks. Racism went viral in a matter of minutes bringing to light vast inequality. Racism is my norm — I didn’t have the privilege of sudden “awareness.”

In this realization that yes, Black Lives Matters, I ask that you consider the environmental burdens of BlPOC (Black Indigenous Person of Color) and those living in low-income communities that are negatively affected by pollution, industrial processing facilities, landfills and power plants —- Environmental injustices.

As a lover of nature — an advocate for both environmental and social justice on Saturday, July 4, 2020, I will begin my 300-mile thru-hike along the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The intention of this hike is to raise money and awareness for PGM ONE, The People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and Environment. By hiking the SHT, I am choosing to speak out against racial injustice in the United States— brought to light by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

PGM ONE envisions a world that centers, values, uplifts, and empowers those who are most impacted by environmental harm and climate change—and in particular black, indigenous, and people of color/of the global majority—to lead the way toward environmental justice and collective liberation.

In this realization that yes, Black Lives Matters, I ask that you consider Black children. Children of color are witnessing the demonstrations, witnessing the hate; they see YOUR ACTIONS. We are actively displaying the change we want them to see… something to think about.

I will post about the hike via The Trek and reserve this site for more reflective writings.

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