Why Palestine Is Part of (& Central To) the Movement for Climate Justice


In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP Non-resident Fellow Rania Batrice speaks to Mary Annaïse Heglar, a climate justice writer and essayist. The two discuss the intersection of the movement for Palestinian liberation and the movement for climate justice, why and how the two converge around indigineity and people’s relationship to the land – – as well as a holistic vision for organizing for justice that centers the ongoing settler colonialism happening in Palestine.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · Why Palestine Is Part of (& Central To) the Movement for Climate Justice

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Recorded on May 1, 2024

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Rania Batrice is an activist and strategist for progressive change, a public relations specialist, and a political consultant. She is one of two FMEP 2024 Palestinian non-resident Fellows.

Mary Annaïse Heglar is known for her essays that dissect and interrogate the climate crisis, drawing heavily on her personal experience as a Black woman with deep roots in the South. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Vox, Rolling Stone, and other outlets. Her work has also been featured in collections like All We Can Save, The World As We Knew It, The Black Agenda, Letters to the Earth, and Not Too Late. She is the author of the children’s book, The World is Ours to Cherish (Random House Kids, 2024), and the novel, Troubled Waters (Harper Muse, 2024).