The Link Between Immigration, Racism, & Climate Change

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EcoJustice RadioEcoJustice Radio takes a deeper look into the intersection of environmental racism and the crisis at the US Border with Dr. Miguel De La Torre of Iliff School of Theology.

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Miguel De la Torre, EcoJustice RadioEcoJustice Radio Explores the Immigration Question

Missing from most conversations on the current immigration crisis is the role that racism and climate change play on people rendered unable to subsist and prosper due to the degradation of their lands and waters. When discussing these issues it is vital that we consider the role failed crops, droughts, and devastating climate events are having in the global south and beyond.

Moreover, when forced to migrate, what impact does the shifting of people have upon overstrained world resources?

We must also consider the history of military dominance and regime change in these hard hit countries as a means to facilitate trade and resource extraction for multinational corporations.

On this show we take a deeper look into the intersection of environmental racism and the crisis at the US Border. And explore the impact that the shifting climate has on global populations whose lands are being devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, drought, and rising seas.

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Our guest today is Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology. He has authored over a hundred articles and published forty-one books. He is also leading a conference by the Center for EcoJustice at Iliff, called “Shifting Climates, Shifting People,” on October 21-22.

Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre authored over a hundred articles and published forty-one books (five of which won national awards). He is Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. A Fulbright scholar, he has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Germany. Within his guild, the American Academy of Religion, he is the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2021 Martin Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award. A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre wrote the screenplay to a documentary on immigration.

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Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Host/Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 115
Image: Miguel De La Torre

Updated 28 October 2021

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Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt