TO ALL CONCERNED:
People there has been an extremely pressing issue facing us all daily—global warming. Since the first so-called settlers invaded these lands there has been an environmental injustice plagued upon the indigenous people. After slavery the injustice continued until today. Big corporations have ignored the cries of the people to “save our land” to the tune of trillions and trillions of dollars selfishly spent to intentionally destroy this glorious planet God lovingly bestowed to us. Daily I read about the gross disregard for humanity by this present administration and big corporations that seemingly have no problem contributing with the destruction of our planet for their financial benefit.
In the United States and across the globe industrial plants have, without question, deposited their waste on land and in waterways causing a global epidemic. With the longstanding plague that is racism and inequality, in America and worldwide, it comes as no surprise those most affected by climate change are black and brown people. “African Americans are disportionately impacted by air pollution, particularly from fossil fuel based energy production processes. 71% of African Americans live in rural communities and counties where local and state government are in violation of land, air and pollution standards,” according to a pamphlet by the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce.
For decades, low-come, marginalized indigenous people and people of color have gotten sick and died slow, painful deaths as a result of exposure to emissions from commercial and industrial plants. Studies show the massive effect of constant exposure, run-off, direct and indirect contamination on our ecosystem and natural food supply. According to the 2018 South Carolina Fish Consumption Advisories, virtually all the significant rivers, streams, creeks and beaches in, near or around coastal areas have some sizeable level of dangerous pollutant in the fish population.
As a stark advocate for environmental change and equality I vehemently urge you to investigate, report and advocate for change, accountability and transparency in the legislative process as it pertains to global warming, climate change and environmental injustice. As reporters, writers and columnists, I feel it’s your fiduciary duty to uphold the Constitution’s First Amendment rights to free speech, press and media and to inform the public concerning the economic and environmental “genocide” being perpetuated by corporate and industrial entities and this current administration. Borrowing the motto from the Gullah Geechee Environmental and Energy Conference I attended back in October—educate, motivate, activate. Help us save our planet. This has been sincerely a global warning.
Raymond Michael Grant III, CP
CEO and President, Coastal Independent Paralegals, LLC
Legal Redress Chairman, NAACP #5520 – Georgetown, SC