Environmental factors, industrial pollution and the violent colonization of lands have long had an impact on global migration as people have been forced or coerced to migrate both internally and across nation-state imposed borders as a result of land dispossession, super exploitation, deteriorating living conditions, resource depletion and natural disasters related to climate change. The MPA denounces nation states, their governments and multi-national/conglomerate corporations bearing disproportionate historical responsibility for mass human suffering, migration and ecological degradation as a result of imperial foreign policies for high resource exploitation. We recognize that in the Global South like in vulnerable communities of color in resource-greedy nations (also known as developed nations), the experiences of environmental hazards due to institutionalized racism, poverty and class inequality have harmed and destroyed entire human communities. Connecting the struggles for migrant justice, anti-imperialism, and self-determination is integral to expanding the concept of Environmental Justice. The social environments in these communities are plagued with issues such as residential apartheid, state-sanctioned and interpersonal violence, mass incarceration, detentions and deportations, underfunded education and healthcare and lack of access to nutritious food and (unmodified) native crops. Addressing the systemic issues that adversely affect the overall health and well being of vulnerable indigenous and communities of color must be at the center of fights for ecological justice.
We express our solidarity with demands from civil society rooted in human rights and the rights of Mother Earth, including eliminating restrictive and violent immigration policies around the world. The imperial foreign policies of today and a profit-driven system is fundamentally at odds with human and planetary wellbeing, which is why we also add our voices to demand not simply climate change but a system change that relies upon the wisdom and healing of our communities.