June 19, 2024

Copenhagen to be First Pride Parade With All Electric Vehicles

This year’s Copenhagen Pride Parade will use 100% electric vehicles in what it understands to be the first Pride to do this type of activity.

30 Volvo Trucks were prepared with trailers, safety equipment, sound systems, toilets, and DJs powered by the truck’s battery.

The move to electricity isn’t the only move Copenhagen Pride has made. Like many events, it switched to reusable cups and biodegradable confetti.

But the organization says it’s all part of a long-term strategy.

Steve Taylor, Head of Secretariat at Copenhagen Pride, says that responding to the climate crisis is a journey rather than a destination:

“The move to electric trucks in the Copenhagen Pride Parade is one step towards a greener and more sustainable event. For many people, the Pride Parade is synonymous with our organization – and for good reason! It’s loud, colored, and a political statement for equality.

“This new initiative is also clear on our commitment to do our part to ensure a better and greener future for everyone.”

But the action is more than just a measure to tackle Pride emissions.

The connection of the climate crisis to human rights

Part of a broader activism within the LGBTQ community is that the climate crisis is also a human rights issue.

Copenhagen Pride says they put these at the top of their agenda after reviewing studies that show the climate crisis is disproportionately affecting LGBTQ people.

The group also says it recognizes that reversing the damage caused by fossil fuels is a shared responsibility.

This year there is an increased focus on Pride’s climate credentials.

There is a growing demand for Pride and LGBTQ groups to be more environmentally conscious.

Over the past month, the British LGBT+ Awards addressed a huge celebrity and community backlash for accepting sponsorships from BP and Shell.

Meanwhile, there was a Pride In London pride parade delayed by Just Stop Oil.Although the actions are divided, many in the LGBTQ community recognize that the climate crisis is a human rights crisis.

“We cannot view LGBTQ human rights in isolation from other human rights and social justice issues. Climate justice must be at the top of everyone’s agenda.” Taylor tells me.

“We know that LGBTQ people are often the first to be homeless, the first to be displaced, the first to be victimized when things go wrong, so we must take collective responsibility.”

How will the climate crisis affect the LGBTQ community?

The climate crisis will disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community. This is mainly due to the basic prejudices and barriers that the community faces. But how that looks to the public may be different from other groups.

Still – it is likely to increase existing housing instability, food insecurity, and uncertainty about people’s welfare. These are already factors in extreme poverty and homelessness. What LGBTQ people are more likely to face is family alienation and societal prejudices.

Meanwhile, University of Texas only A study found that cancer and respiratory risks, increased by air pollution, are as much as 23.8% greater in the LGBTQ community.

Or, when things get more extreme – studies show that transnational women have more risk during environmental disasters, in part because of the history of denying access to emergency shelters.

The LGBTQ community is not the only part of society that recognizes the link of the climate crisis to their future, who want to ensure that any future generations will be able to grow up in a healthy and safe world for them.

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