Eric Ward’s Earth Day op-ed for The Progressive delves into the little-known activity of anti-immigrant groups as they attempt to inject themselves into environmental agendas. Bigots trying to pass them themselves off as concerned environmentalist? Scary and shameful.
On Earth Day, the environmental movement in the United States must reject bigotry. It should not join hands with anti-immigrant groups. These groups are trying to infiltrate the environmental movement and coopt its message.
On Earth Day of all days, the environmental movement can’t let anti-immigrant groups divert us into a narrow ideological cause that reflects neither realism nor inclusiveness.
And environmental organizations cannot afford to remain silent in the face of a few anti-immigrant leaders who attempt to speak on their behalf.
Instead, as environmentalists, on Earth Day and every day, we should uphold a vision of sustainability characterized by cooperation, opportunity and equity.
Read more at http://www.progressive.org/mpward042109.html.Eric Ward is the national field director for the Center for New Community, writes for the Web site Imagine 2050 and is a member of the Sierra Club.