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Cross- Post: Is Immigration a Green Issue?


Imagine 2050 Staff • Sep 18, 2010

Sami Grover wrote a great article for Treehugger highlighting the issues explored in Center for New Community’s new video, The Green War on Immigrants

TreeHugger is a blog about environmentalism, not racism, ethnicity or immigration.
Yet from holocaust deniers at the Copenhagen climate talks to the sometimes xenophobic undertones of energy independence debate, there are times when these subjects collide. When David posted about a Yale essay that claimed open immigration and sustainability were incompatible, one commenter rejected his post as “poorly disguised racism”. Now activists from both sides of the immigration debate are stepping up to win the hearts and minds of environmentalists.

Created by the Center for New Community, the video below is part of a new campaign to ask environmental groups to reject racism and anti-immigration sentiment, and to continue to fight the root causes of environmental destruction. It is, they say, a response to an organized effort by anti-immigration organizations like the Weeden Foundation that is aiming to steer the green movement towards an explicitly anti-immigration stance.

I must admit that I’ve always been confused by the “immigration control is green” argument I hear bandied about from time-to-time. Citing overpopulation, activists often claim that reducing the number of immigrants in the US will help keep carbon emissions down. Yet it doesn’t take a genius to note that migration from one country to another does not impact global population—which seemed to me to be the only level that matters as far as climate is concerned.

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