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The Intersection of Racial and Climate Justice

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Some resources from our friend Virginia Hanusik on the links between climate justice and racial justice.

Bayou Bienvenue, photo by Virginia Hanusik

Recent disasters and further research demonstrate the impacts of climate change already - and will continue to - disproportionately impact poor communities of color. The connection between racial justice and climate justice are inseparable, and is a direct result of decades of injustice that have left BIPOC communities more exposed to environmental hazards and poor health outcomes.

In South Louisiana, for example, the toxic air and poisoned ground produced by the petrochemical industry is a product of the systemic extraction of land and exploitation of people along racial lines.

Below is a list of writers, activists, and organizations that are leading the movement for climate justice. This resource list is not finite, but is meant to be used as a starting point for engaging with these issues both locally and nationally.

Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Director of Climate Policy, The Roosevelt Institute
“Think This Pandemic Is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming,” The New York Times

Mary Annaïse Heglar
Writer-in-Residence, The Earth Institute
Co-host, Hot Take podcast
“We Don’t Have To Halt Climate Action To Fight Racism,” Huffington Post
“Climate Denial by Any Other Name,” Drilled

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Founder, Ocean Collective and Urban Ocean Lab
“I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.” The Washington Post

Bryan Lee Jr.
Design Principal, Colloqate
“America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress,” CityLab

Elizabeth Yeampierre
Co-chair, Climate Justice Alliance
Executive Director, UPROSE
“Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change,” Yale Environment 360

And lastly, some organizations involved in the work:

Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Ripple Effect

With the generous help of Jessica Dandridge of the Water Collaborative, we've listed here some other climate-conscious organizations operating in this space:

The Water Collaborative
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Water Wise Gulf South

Thrive New Orleans

Water Leaders Institute

The Blue House

Imagine Waterworks

Water Block

To see more organizations whose work we support, visit our about page and stay tuned for more features on like-minded organizations and activists.

Chalmette Refinery, photo by Virginia Hanusik

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