The 4th global Climate Strike today falls on the same day as the UN Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People. This coincidence reflects an important reality – Palestine is also aÂ climateÂ justice issue.
Today, groups worldwide are joining mobilisations challenging the climate crisis, demanding an end to fossil fuel use and climate justice for all. Many are also demanding an end to Israelâs climate apartheid.
Both the climate crisis and Israeli apartheid are fueled by governments and corporations that put profit before people and planet. The French insurance giant AXA is one example.
Though AXA has just pledged new commitments and policies on coal, it still invests hundreds of millions of dollars in fossil fuels and insures polluting businesses. AXA claims to respect human rights but investsÂ $91 millionÂ in Israelâs largest private arms company, Elbit Systems, and in five Israeli banks which finance Israelâs illegal settlements. Israelâs weapons and its expanding settlements destroy the environment.
Indigenous Palestinians, living under Israeli occupation and apartheid, have no control over our land or natural resources. Israelâs illegal settlements consume six times more water than Palestinians, and since 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees.
Israeli apartheid is not green. 97.7% of Israelâs electricity comes from fossil fuels. Warfare, a pillar of Israelâs economy, is one of the worldâs most polluting industries.
The struggles against racism and militarization, and for climate, economic and social justice are profoundly interconnected. Join mobilisations on November 29th to call for respect of Palestinian rights and an end to fossil fuel use.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)