American culture is reckoning with some of the negative impacts of our history. … In the past few weeks alone, St. Paul, Nashville, and St. Louis governments and activists are having substantive policy discussions about making reparations – including direct payouts of money – to African Americans, to atone for the historic sin of slavery. Reparations discussions also have included making necessary amends to indigenous people. … The concept of “ecological reparations” takes the conversation another step forward.
– Written by Gary Wockner, who lives in Colorado and is active in river protection around the world.