As we begin to understand the extent of negative health and environmental impacts from a warming planet, one thing is certain:
Climate change, as we know it, disproportionately impacts communities of color. In our minds, there is no path towards resilience without awareness of what got us here, no solutions without inclusivity, and no climate action without racial justice.
Solving our climate crisis goes hand in hand with uplifting, listening to, and partnering with our nation’s racial minorities and marginalized communities. Despite constituting less than 5% of the global population, Indigenous people have always been among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, due to their close relationship with the environment and its resources. Climate change exacerbates the difficulties already faced by Indigenous communities including political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination and unemployment.
Historical segregation in the United States has forced Black communities to settle in less desirable, low-lying and flood-prone areas. Black communities constitute the majority of those living adjacent to power plants, petrochemical plants factories and other sources of pollution, and more than 50% of all Black people in the United States live in the South, an area that is and will continue to see stronger hurricanes and increased flooding from climate change.
Black, Brown, and Indigenous people and voices must be a part of the solution to climate change. Efficacy and inclusivity are intrinsically interwoven when it comes to saving our planet, and grassroots organizations that operate on-the-ground and both are led by and collaborate with vulnerable communities will inevitably lead the way.
By the Numbers
Our Climate Justice portfolio provides commitments to grassroots organizations that are led by and support women, BIPOC communities, and Indigenous people and that create solutions for climate stability across North America and the Arctic. Our work empowers and uplifts marginalized and vulnerable communities through inclusive solutions for our climate crisis.