Activist Explains Why Climate Change Movement’s ‘Whiteness’ Drove Her To Stop Saving The Earth

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February 07, 2020 2:49 PM ET

The climate change movement’s supposed whiteness drove one young activist to bail on her fellow environmentalists as they try convincing skeptics who believe fears about climate change are exaggerated.

Organizing on behalf of the environment became depressing and soul-sucking to Karin Hermes, who argues that her fellow activists only used her when they needed a non-white person to preach about climate change. The only solution is to “walk away,” she wrote Thursday in a Vice editorial.

“Whenever I would question the whiteness of these spaces and how strategies didn’t take race into account, I would be met with uncomfortable silences,” Hermes wrote. “The last time, at a nationwide movement-building workshop last April, I was asked, ‘Well then, why are you even here?’”

She added: “After four years of helping organize direct actions, speeches, workshops, and countless video calls, I started hiding and declining requests. I was burned out.” (RELATED: Here Are The Scenes From DC’s Climate Protest)

Hermes cited examples of climate activists ignoring what she says are important issues.

Sometimes activists ask her why “whiteness, capitalism, and inequality” have to do with climate change, she noted.

Using so-called die-ins to highlight the urgency of climate change is offensive to black people, Hermes added.

“Anti-racism and anti-capitalism need to be made part of organizing,” she concluded. “If ‘Green’ policies fail to consider anti-racism and migrant rights, how is any person of colour supposed to feel voting for them or organizing in the same spaces?”

Activists and Democratic politicians are starting to come around to Hermes’s side of the discussion. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, for instance, sponsored the so-called Green New Deal in 2019 to draw a linkage between climate issues and racial issues.

The GND resolution called for “10-year national mobilizations” toward goals aimed at fighting global warming. The resolution also called for a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, such as a “family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security.”

Senate Democrats did not support of the GND in March when Republicans forced a vote.

92 thoughts on “Activist Explains Why Climate Change Movement’s ‘Whiteness’ Drove Her To Stop Saving The Earth

    • If only. Unfortunately, with trillions of dollars in redistributive change and control at stake, it’s a progressive condition with a R0 considerably greater than 1.

      • She added: “After four years of helping organize direct actions, speeches, workshops, and countless video calls, I started hiding and declining requests. I was burned out.

        So even Activist Karin Hermes believes she should Hide the Decline

    • OK, since Karin Hermes has started the conversation, let’s talk about the sensitive issue of race – as it relates to the radical green movement.

      The title of my April 2019 paper states:
      “RADICAL GREENS ARE THE GREAT KILLERS OF OUR AGE”.

      But let’s take it further as Ms Hermes has done, and “play the race card”:
      THE GREATEST VICTIMS OF RADICAL GREENS ARE THE LITTLE CHILDREN OF AFRICA AND SE ASIA, WHO WERE BLINDED AND KILLED IN THEIR MILLIONS TO SERVE DELUDED GREEN VANITIES.”

      Yes, I said it , and I mean it. Greens always profess their virtue, but I reject that false claim. It is clear that greens have long regarded little black kids and little yellow kids as disposable, as long as green delusions are satisfied.

      In 2016-2017 I had a difficult experience as mentioned in this paper, in which I took significant risks to protect the lives of about 300,000 people. This experience has changed me, hopefully for the better. I feel a greater obligation to call out the child abusers and child killers in our midst and to shine a bright light on their heinous acts.

      Have some labelled my statements “hate speech”? Yes, and it has cost me.
      Are my above statements true? Yes, without question.

      No regrets, Allan

      HYPOTHESIS: RADICAL GREENS ARE THE GREAT KILLERS OF OUR AGE
      By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., April 14, 2019
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/
      [excerpts]

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/31/elizabeth-warren-uses-coldest-polar-vortex-in-decades-to-call-for-green-new-deal-to-fight-global-warming/#comment-2612046

      “…radical greens (really radical leftists) are the great killers of our time. Now the greens are blinding and killing babies by opposing golden rice…”

      “In the 20th Century, socialists Stalin, Hitler and Mao caused the deaths of over 200 million people, mostly their own citizens. Lesser killers like Pol Pot and the many tin-pot dictators of South America and Africa killed and destroyed the lives of many more.

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/09/life-saving-golden-rice-finally-gets-to-poor-farmers-despite-environmentalist-opposition/#comment-2651782

      Modern Green Death probably started with the 1972-2002 effective ban of DDT, which caused global deaths from malaria to increase from about 1 million to almost two million per year. Most of these deaths were children under five in sub-Saharan Africa – just babies for Christ’s sake!”

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/10/benny-peiser-energy-revolts-the-crisis-of-europes-green-energy-agenda/#comment-2652044

      “The Green movement is really a smokescreen for the old Marxists – and they are the great killers of our age.”

      Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder and Past-President of Greenpeace, provided the answer decades ago. Moore observed that Eco-Extremism is the new “false-front” for economic Marxists, who were discredited after the fall of the Soviet Union circa 1990 and took over the Green movement to further their political objectives. This is described in Moore’s essay, “Hard Choices for the Environmental Movement” written in 1994 – note especially “The Rise of Eco-Extremism”, at
      http://ecosense.me/2012/12/30/key-environmental-issues-4/

      For radical greens, it was never about the environment – the environment was a smokescreen for their extreme-left totalitarian political objectives.

      • Mr Macrea:

        Thank you for that original post. I have used it to effectively shut down many of the deluded and brainwashed around me with it. And hopefully at least plant a seed in some minds that will eventually blossom into a more realistic viewpoint.

        Those blindly supporting the entire “greens” agenda – are in fact “serving” evil as you effectively point out with a tidal wave of evidence.

    • I just wonder why she thought race had anything to do with climate change. She should have checked the science and then rejected anyone, regardless of race, that does not understand real science.

      It does sound like she was already sensitized to seeing racism. Just saying.

      • Many people of Colour are keen to play the “Race Card” especially when they believe it plays to their cause

        • Y’wanna know WHY? Because for around the last 5 years, having a “cause” (virtue signaling) is the new status symbol, the big thing that social climbers HAVE to be seen doing. Ultimate points are garnered spending your “vacation” weaving thatched roofs in Bali, or digging drainage ditches in the Ebola lands. Ordinary mokes get enough points to pass at the approved cocktail parties by espousing the CAGW religion with sufficient performative “woke” emotionalism. Extra points for quoting NPR. This has taken the place of the BMW and LV handbag as mark of the aspirational arriviste. They blow it when they use “Latinx” however.

          • “Ultimate points are garnered spending your “vacation” weaving thatched roofs in Bali, or digging drainage ditches in the Ebola lands.”

            An incredibly small number of people do such things. “Causes” now are just posting your LED light bulbs on TWITter.

    • Just more evidence that the whole lunatic CAGW/Climate Change thing is the product of a fringe cade of ‘white’, western society malcontents with self importance issues and other sociopathic disorders. By and large, ‘non white’ people are by bitter experience far more connected to reality and have not lead a cosseted, cuddled life through childhood and adolescence never venturing out from safe places and with neo-aristocratic ambitions to be people of importance.

      In the 19th century these sort of people ) weel at least the males) were as useless as the provebial so went into the military with purchased officer ranks and proved their imbecility by conducting catastrophic, bloodsoaked campaign after campaign where most of the blood shed awas that of their own troops.

      These imbeciles will do the same to our economy and society in general if given their way in much the same way as the gormless comrades did to Russia and the Eastern Bloc, to North Korea, to Cambodai, and are doing to Venezuela etc.

    • Isn’t ironic that she believes the planet is at stake, but she chooses to indulge in anti-white bigotry?

      Maybe she should consider that it’s the progressives who are using her as a prop.

  1. Huh? We only have 12, or 10, or 8 years left to save the entire planet and some woke souls throw a fit because they can’t hijack the movement to also fit their narrative? The day I think we only have whatever years left to save the planet I will take direct action. Until then it’s time for a drink to celebrate my good results in this mornings golf tournament, because, you know, some things are more important than saving the planet (?).

  2. The idiots who run these movements, if they didn’t have climate change as their cause, they’d have to invent one. The movement is about assimilating and consolidating political power over other more ignorant people willing to hand over their freedoms in exchange for free stuff and false security. Climate change has become a cult like following, witness Extinction Rebellion, and even most Democrats, even though the smarter ones know its an economic hustle.
    The Climate Hustle promises them more political power by allowing assimilation of every sector of our modern economies and social structures. And the energy sector is the last frontier for the Socialists to assimilate. The energy sector though is the most important because energy is fundamental to everything else in our modern society.

  3. What does playing “The Race Card” have to do with science?

    Oh. That’s right. I forgot for a moment that “climate science” is a branch of “political science”.
    It’s all about “The Cause”.

    • Anything is good to fight racism. During last week we heard that Iowa does not deserve to be the first state to hold elections – it is too white. It your grandparents did not buy enough slaves, you are racist.

    • What she is saying is that if you want people to get on your climate bus (especially at the ballot box) you have to promise them something else instead or just make it look like another kind of bus.

      ?

  4. The entire climate movement is inherently racist IMO – one of the goals of Western climate activists seems to be to deny Africa the economic advantages of fossil fuel, so they don’t “repeat our mistakes”, while at the same time they themselves continue to enjoy the benefits of wealthy Western economies buoyed up by cheap energy.

  5. Don’t quite know where to put this little bit of fact checking. Most of the past threads are closed. Do what you will.

    So, Michael Douglas is promoting his buddy Michael Bloomberg for president.

    The ad mentions how stalwart young Bloomberg, like so many of us, was laid off at 39, then, like so many of us, picked himself up, dusted himself off, like so many of us, and in a joint venture with Merrill Lynch, just like so many of us, developed the Bloomberg Terminal from scratch.

    His “laid off” severance package was $10,000,000 worth of “scratch.”

    Just like so many of us.

    Yeah, Douglas kinda forgot to mention that.

    (Source: Fast Company magazine, McCracken, 2015)

    • Douglas grew up rich, thanks to his recently deceased Father.
      In Douglas’s mind, everyone of worth gets substantial severance packages.

      Laid off in my lifetime meant living off savings while applying for unemployment.
      When work called and said my layoff was over, bright and early the next morning I’d be at work.
      Just a few days out of work always put my finances in arrears.

    • Bloomberg now throws around $10,000,000 like it was chump change.

      He gave Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC $10megabucks as a bounty for impeaching Trump back in December.
      He spent $10 Megabucks on his 60 second Superbowl ad last week.

      He spent $189 Megabucks in November and December on his self-funded campaign.
      He recently announced after the Iowa Caucus debacle he’s now going to “double” his previously planned expenditures. He’s going to throw at least half a Billion dollars at trying to defeat Trump in November, no matter who the Dem’s ultimately nominate.

      He wants to be President too bad. Scary.
      .

      • Perhaps he’ll send Nancy a bill for $10 megabucks for failure to win the impeachment.
        Good to hear about his wasting $189 Megabucks on what will become a Failed Bid for the office. Money well wasted

      • Joel they pretend so hard to care about the poor and disadvantaged. They must know they have no hope in these up coming elections, just imagine what a difference these obscene amounts of money would make to disadvantaged people.

        If they practiced a little philanthropy and actually made an effort to talk to real, ordinary people then some may take them more seriously. Thank God, that’s never going to happen, most, fortunately can see right through them.

        It’s all about power and money. Money buys power.

      • I don’t think Bloomberg wants to be president, judging from things he has said.

        I think he’s running because a candidate has a couple of significant advantages over a PAC:
        – no limits on spending your own money, and
        – lowest rates on radio, TV, and print ads.

        • Somewhere, I read that Bloomberg and Steyer are in the race to essentially skirt campaign finance laws. As a presidential (use that term loosely) candidate, they can basically use their ‘campaign’ $$ however they wish once they drop from the race and bank-roll their people. It will coming to several state races this November — census control and gerrymandering for the next decade are on the line in NC.

  6. I guess greenness trumps blackness. Or is that a racist thought? It’s so hard to know where the offence boundary currently is.

    In the interest of correctness, the British Columbia Teachers Federation has decreed that white boards (offensively racist term!) must henceforth be referred to as ‘non-permanent vertical surfaces’. As a non-permanent vertical person, I am offended. He says, darkly.

    • Richard: When I was growing up, all we had were black boards. Do you think some people are trying to whitewash the problem ?

        • I went to an integrated school, Nick.

          Some rooms had green boards and some had blackboards.

          We called the green boards ‘blackboards’ to be Politically Correct and to honor the black heritage of the green boards. Or maybe it was just out of habit. I was just a kid, so what did I know?

          After I was long gone from school, the racist white boards took over and now look at the mess our schools are in. The reason our kids are so dumb nowadays can be traced directly to those white boards.

    • Hey! You may be on to something.
      How many books throughout history have been printed on black paper?
      NONE!!
      “White” paper has controlled the source of all information for thousands of years!
      (Except in Hollywood. They use green or blue screens to depict reality. So I guess the Martians and the Andorians control Hollywood?)

    • I think you are misinterpreting a new fad in education. link

      Non Permanent Vertical Surfaces (NPVS) include whiteboards, blackboards, and windows. One of the ideas is that students working on a NPVS, doing math for instance, are standing and not sitting hunched over a desk. The problem is that there may not be enough whiteboards for all the students to work at the same time, so you have to be creative and use the windows for instance.

      I wonder if this is based on the observation that mathematicians seem to love blackboards. link

      Anyway, the NPVS phenomenon has nothing to do with white being offensive.

  7. ““Whenever I would question the whiteness of these spaces and how strategies didn’t take race into account, I would be met with uncomfortable silences,” Hermes wrote.”

    Well, what a surprise! You insinuate there might be racism here and I imagine that might be what causes the “uncomfortable silences”.

    Question: Does CO2 discrimate between white folks and non-white folks? I don’t think it does, and I don’t think race has to be taken into account when thinking about CO2 and its interaction with the Earth’s climate. Someone who says it does would probably be met with “uncomfortable silences” or with a reply like my own.

    Leftists have to insert race into every little thing whether it belongs there or not. Always searching for discrimination somewhere so they can virtue signal and have a focus for their internal rage. Meanwhile, they create more division in society by seeing racism where there is no racism.

        • Pure carbon (diamond) is colorless.
          Down here in the South “Black Diamonds” are green outside, but red inside.

          • But graphite is grey-black, charcoal is black. When I was at school we had some models of atoms that could be joined to make make models of molecules. IIRC Carbon was black, hydrogen was white and oxygen red.

      • Well CO2 is carbon and oxygen.

        Now carbon is black, and from my high school welding the bottles that contain the oxygen are black.

        So… using the power of Sarcasim! I have now proved everything Karin was trying to say.

        Remember kids, Science! may drive the universe, but Sarcasm! drives the internet.

    • Of course there was an uncomfortable silence. The rational parts of their minds wanted to call her an idiot. However the liberal parts of their mind over ruled the first choice.

  8. We’ve created a society looking for some one/thing to blame their victimhood on. In it everyone that doesn’t belong to the majority is automatically a victim. How weather and climate affects these people more than others is always caused by something controlled by the majority that doesn’t affect them.

    • Annnnd the majority of us (the USA is still 72% Caucasian) are getting sick and tired of EVERY. SINGLE. THING. being about “oppressed” whiner groups, whose media blowhorn amplifies the malcontented and maladjusted:

      Blacks: 13% of the US population.
      Muslims: 1%
      Homosexuals: 3%
      “Trans”: .06%

      Is anyone besides me TIRED of the ENTIRE conversation being dominated by these groups? Of EVERY question now devolving to race, sex, or national origin? I thought the entire POINT of America was that those things shouldn’t matter here. Instead, we’re regressing to the WORST abuses of the affirmative-action era of the Sixties.

      Meanwhile, the VAST majority of the white, black and immigrant populations suck it up and go to work every day, which is why they have houses, bank accounts, cars, and kids with paid-for college. Sue me, but I don’t think ANYONE is “owed a living” but the severely disabled or extremely elderly. Life is what YOU MAKE it. No surprise most of these maladjusteds come from academia–most never grew up.

  9. It’s interesting how readily Karin has triggered me into feelin’ “woke” now about all the burdensome white spaces between the letters in this article, not to mention the clouds outside my window that may be limiting the very planetary heat stroke that would surely motivate the broad masses to overturn capitalism in favor of a liberating Soviet/Chinese/North Korean/Cuban/Cambodian/Venezuelan socioeconomic model.

    Anyway, at the risk of replaying the reception she’s gotten from her climate activist comrades, I want to mobilize this girl (or whatever is less dysphoric to her/him) with that direct action, “You . . . Go!!

  10. Too many white girls from next door – h/t The Guardian — protesting for climate change?

    Diversity… rabid diversity (i.e. color judgment).

  11. As far as I know, whoever goes out into a heavy rain without protection gets drenched. Race doesn’t matter.

    • An article referenced by one of the previous posters showed a picture of a girl standing alone holding a CLIMATE JUSTICE sign. She said her reason was her sister and parents were killed by a typhoon.

      Who knew typhoons intentionally targeted “people of color”?

      (If you are upset that people in poverty tend to live in areas more vulnerable to natural weather disasters, that’s another subject, with vastly different causes and solutions other than the reduction of CO2).

      • I got sent to moderation for using the k word I suppose. Mea Culpa! Resubmitting:
        An article referenced by one of the previous posters showed a picture of a girl standing alone holding a CLIMATE JUSTICE sign. She said her reason was her sister and parents were ** (done in) by a typhoon.

        Who knew typhoons intentionally targeted “people of color”?

        (If you are upset that people in poverty tend to live in areas more vulnerable to natural weather disasters, that’s another subject, with vastly different causes and solutions other than the reduction of CO2).

  12. Maybe, just maybe it’s time to do some DIY fact checking on the “movement” and it’s true aims and the fractured science that was form fitted for the young troops?

  13. I love it when earnest, well-meaning white people who really do worry about racism find out that nothing they can say or do is going to placate angry Black people. Robin DiAngelo (she’s the “white fragility” lady) has defined racism so broadly that all white people are guilty of it simply by being exempt from the social penalties that commonly befall Black people. All she does when she gives her lectures is anger decent white people to no good purpose. Indecent white people, of course, just don’t care what Ms. DiAngelo thinks.

    • Most of the so called “social penalties” exist only in the minds of people who have been trained from birth to be always upset about something.

  14. Tom Abbott… at 2:39 pm
    …Leftists have to insert race into every little thing whether it belongs there or not….

    Yes they do, they need to keep racism alive, that’s why they are forever bringing it up.

  15. Let’s see, according to the activists, we only have a few years left in order save all life on this planet, but she won’t help because they aren’t focusing enough on anti-racism and anti-capitalism.

    Looks like those of us who have been stating that the whole movement was just a cover for communists were right all along.

  16. At least they didn’t blame directly and attack the Greatest Generation in their golden years. They just take for granted the achievements, relative peace earned the hard way, and most of the infrastructure. The new organizers are fabricating a new round of hate and blame.

  17. I don’t think she’s entirely wrong. Or perhaps she’s right for the wrong reasons. I have not done any objective analysis but in my subjective view, after seeing many photos of various climate demonstrations, is that people of color aren’t as easily duped into “fighting climate change” as privileged white folks are.

  18. Does racism explain the obscene black on black murder rates in Chicago, Baltimore, Kansas City….
    heyjackass.com
    Who’s problem is that to solve?
    Guarantee nobody would like my solution.

  19. Warmism is white simply because it is a focus for the vague existential anxieties of people who don’t have much else to agitate about in their lives.

  20. Climate can’t be in much of an emergency if they are more worried about social justice and welfare state goals, such as a “family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security when Greta tells us we are on fire; any one would think they didn’t believe her.

    “how is any person of colour supposed to feel voting for them or organizing in the same spaces?”
    How come its ok to say “person of colour”,
    but wrong to say “coloured person” ???

      • Zackley.

        It’s only racist for a white person to say “colored”. So if you’re white, and you say the full title of the NAACP, you’re racist.

    • “Climate can’t be in much of an emergency if they are more worried about social justice and welfare state goals”

      They’re actually more worried about getting their Starbucks before the “protest”.

  21. Eric and Paul nail it.
    She is right, for all the wrong reasons.
    The blatant racism of our Progressive Comrades over in Gang Green is impossible to parody.
    These are the Eugenics People hard at work again.
    They feel so superior to poor people, especially poor brown ,that they think nothing of dictating what kind of energy ,even access to energy, they Shall Be Permitted !
    The deaths and destruction of poor families by the “help” from these creatures is insane.
    Villages razed and the people driven off,to allow palm oil plantations.
    Coal power is forbidden,by control of the development banks..
    Due to artificially inflated prices and outright denial of affordable electricity systems,clean water,sanitation and refridgeration have all been held back all over the less developed regions.

    Services these very same “environmentalists” have a hissy fit if they fail for any reason to their squeaky clean air conditioned worlds..
    What an incredible bunch.
    Their causal malice and abject stupidity is truly unprecedented.

  22. “Organizing on behalf of the environment became depressing and soul-sucking to Karin Hermes, who argues that her fellow activists only used her when they needed a non-white person to preach about climate change. The only solution is to “walk away,” she wrote Thursday in a Vice editorial.”

    More on the inner racism of the climate movement.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/10/14/racism/

    • The climate movements whiteness. Her anti-whiteness.

      As one young liberal once told me, all whites are racist. It’s just that some whites are better at hiding their racism. She assured me that if dig deep enough and hard enough, you will always find proof of their racism.

  23. Cheap and reliable grid based electrical supply will allow for cheap and reliable reticulated water and wastewater, which will improve the lives of 100s of millions of Non-white females in Africa an India.

  24. This isn’t the first time the American hard Left has exploited African Americans. American Communists tried the same thing, exploiting the exploited for a “higher purpose”. The writer Richard Wright, not a favorite of mine, left the CPUSA because he was “told” what to write.

    Ms Hermes’s position is understandable, insofar as her being used for someone’s else end. Ofay “activists” see her as a relatable conduit and reliable “worker” for their cause. It’s disgusting. Her reaction does indicate the worldview that society is fundamentally disordered and must be reordered. She’s wrong there, but no one deserves to be exploited for any cause.

  25. Die-ins, real or imagined, are offensive to dark skinned? Please ask her to explain why that is so because I do not believe it is any more offensive to the non whites than it is to ANYONE.
    GET REAL LADY, the world is not always nice, and it never has been .

  26. If you say to some Black people, “You speak well,” this will be heard as a microagression. A thoughtless, race-based insult. That’s how angry many Black people are. If you’re Black and a white person who obviously wants to make friends gives you a sincere compliment, you are justified in hitting them with the “you’re a racist” club.

    Of if you’re white and you say to a Black person, “I don’t see race,” that’s another microaggression. You’re denying the validity of the Black person’s experiences with racial discrimination. Well come on. When a white person says, “I don’t see race,” he’s just indicating that he doesn’t judge people by their race. That’s what that sentence means. But an angry Black person hears a white person say this and immediately understands that he can bully the white person by ascribing guilt. These tactics do very little to promote racial harmony.

  27. A burn out from climate activism? More people should do that! The problem with the activists is not that they are too white, they are too green.

    • It’s not that they are too white, or too green, it’s that apparently they have way to much free time.

  28. In a similar vein.Can I recommend the Giles Coren piece in The Times of Saturday February 8th.So bloody hilarious.Will keep the “woke” awake at night.

  29. OK I got “moderated” apparently for using the k* word. Mea Culpa! Resubmitting:

    An article referenced by one of the previous posters showed a picture of a girl standing alone holding a CLIMATE JUSTICE sign. She said her reason was her sister and parents were (done in) by a typhoon.

    Who knew typhoons intentionally targeted “people of color”?

    (If you are upset that people in poverty tend to live in areas more vulnerable to natural weather disasters, that’s another subject, with vastly different causes and solutions other than the reduction of CO2).

  30. Environmentalism (of which climate catastrophism is a sub-species) begins with the axiomatic position that the Earth has too many brown babies. It is the last socially acceptable form of racism. No wonder there are so few PoCs involved in the climate change hysteria movement.

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