AOP: Why did you choose to commit your studies to Black Women and the Environment? What’s the significance behind it that you wish to shed light on?
Chelsea: I write about black women and the environment because despite the fact that black women are often the first affected by ecological imbalance, their perspectives are routinely drowned out of environmental conversations. When black women make art, or write about, or organize around environmental issues, they often take into account the ways that racism, sexism, and classism reinforce environmental degradation. Years ago, I sought to become a student of black women's eco-activism and art and found that when we ignore or undervalue black women's perspectives, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to better understand and more effectively confront a variety of impending environmental crises that ultimately threaten us all.