Vote Solar’s Statement on the overturning of Roe v. Wade
Vote Solar is heartbroken by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, stripping away the constitutional right to abortion, which has been a source of freedom and security for nearly fifty years.
In times like these, it’s difficult to know what to say – but saying nothing isn’t an option. Friday’s ruling will have immediate and devastating implications for members of our team, our partner organizations, and the communities we aim to serve. We have a moral imperative to show up and take a stand in our belief that all people have the right to bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom.
As an organization working toward an equitable energy transformation, we also seek to recognize the inextricable ways that oppression intersects. Low-wealth communities and communities of color shoulder the heaviest burdens of the climate crisis. They are also the most likely to face systemic barriers to adequate housing, education, and healthcare – including reproductive care — and will experience the most disastrous impacts of the Supreme Court’s decision. While it might be easier to see abortion access as separate from our mission, and thus remain silent, the reality is that reproductive justice is climate justice. We cannot achieve one without the other; harm to one movement is harm to both.
Right now, we are collectively grieving and encouraging our team to take the time and space needed to process this profound loss. Still, our shared vision of a bright and thriving future brings us back to the work and propels us forward. It’s a vision of not only clean energy for all – but of a world that affords all people the resources and dignity to live their healthiest, fullest lives.
We have a lot of work to do.
Sach and the Vote Solar team