Artist aims to make the revolution irresistible

This video series was produced on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

Tonye Aganaba is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and facilitator. In this short video, part of a series exploring the inextricable link between climate and racial justice, Tonye shares their thoughts on the intersection of climate and racial justice and how our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be led by principles of justice and equity.

This is an emergency. People are dying today. And we may not see the everyday results of our follies around the world in Canada (if you want to call it that), but the fact is, whatever is happening in the global south is fuelling immigration and issues here. So if we are not taking responsibility for our negative behaviour around the world, there can be no just recovery.

Tonye Aganaba

The video is part of a series created by Moumy Mbacké, Avery Holliday and Dom Wakeland to “shed a crucial spotlight on some of Vancouver’s queer and BIPOC environmental and racial justice leaders, who speak about why they continue to fight and why we must act today.”

The series includes videos featuring urban ecologist Jaylen Bastos and Anishinaabe Elder Veronica, as well as three interviews with queer, Black climate justice advocates, Adriana Laurent, Udokam Iroegbu and Rita Steele.

Everything that fuels our issues with the climate stems from this idea of a racial capitalism, the fact that we have made our entire society off the backs of racialized and marginalized folks, off exploiting other people’s lands and then turning around and being so surprised when these same folks are on our doorstep.

Tonye Aganaba

Charged Up is the story of you — of all of us — on a mission for a cleaner, healthier charged-up Canada. We believe the energy transition should be guided by justice, diversity and equality.