On explaining and testimony for climate action

Monica Sanders
2 min readJul 31, 2023

To paraphrase William Faulkner, to be a Southerner is to be required to explain. This is true across many lives and many contexts. Over the course of my life growing up in the South and then having the opportunity to travel, people always want an explanation. Why do we live there? With them? Whomever the them may happen to be… Distinctly, being from Louisiana after every storm that has blown through, the inquiries about the whys and the hows of why we live there always seem to come.

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Monica Sanders

Founder, The Undivide Project (www.theundivideproject.org); Activist-Scholar; Professor@Georgetown; Senior Fellow, Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy