Beginners Guide to Understanding Eco Ableism

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This topic came to my attention recently and I was eager to share my knowledge with the Green City Living Community.

This past year we've seen the Black Lives Matter movement take center stage in bringing awareness to systemic racism and the negative effects on POC. Now more than ever, we must educate ourselves on important issues such as racism, sexism, ageism, and today's focus: ableism.

More specifically, we'll look at eco-ableism which examines how ableism is related to the environment and sustainability.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

What is Ableism?

Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities and/or people who are perceived to be disabled. Ableism characterizes persons who are defined by their disabilities as inferior to the non-disabled.

What is Eco-Ableism?

Many of the positive changes made to habits and lifestyle, changes that could contribute to minimizing climate change and rehabilitating the environment, are difficult or impossible for disabled people to do.

How Can You Do Your Part?

  • Educate Yourself About Disability Issues

  • Support Disability Organizations

  • Support Innovations Directed Towards Disabled People

  • Be Aware of Accessibility Challenges 

  • Don't Use Ableist Language or Expressions  

If you're looking to read more about eco-ableism I've added some amazing articles that go more in depth on the issue:

Being Disabled isn’t Eco Friendly: Get Off Our Backs and Put In The Work

The Last Straw: Ableism in Environmental Campaigns

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  • Gary Kearney on

    They may say they will but they dont. The learn a few catch phrases and off they go. Active travel, is Able Travel. Staws dont even start me on them, we import them from China now. Do we want to , of course not but what are the options.

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