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What is Climate Justice?
12th October 22

Racial Justice


  1. You’ve heard today that climate justice is racial justice and in reality, what we are experiencing the extraction of the Earth began with a narrative of a story that enabled certain bodies to come exploit other bodies, and those bodies were human bodies.
  2. They were Indigenous bodies, black bodies, animal bodies and Earth bodies.
    And that really what so much, so much of what we’re fighting against is that there was a massive extraction of wealth throughout the planet and it was on the backs of black and brown people.
  3. And that same ideology that drove that, that colonialism, white supremacism, patriarchy is what continues to run our systems today.
  4. We live in a world, an extractive economy, a domination-centric economy that sees no end to resource extraction.

Addressing climate change requires a holistic approach that acknowledges and addresses the systemic injustices that contribute to environmental degradation and unequal climate impacts. By integrating racial justice into climate action, we can strive for a more equitable and sustainable future for all. Here are a few key points to consider when discussing the relationship between climate justice and racial justice: disproportionate impacts (BIPOC communities experiencing adverse effects of climate change); environmental racism (unequal distribution of environmental risks); access to resources and power (racial and socio-economic inequalities); intersectionality (race, class, gender, and other identities).

Favianna Rodriguez
Artist & Activist
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States at the intersection of art, justice and cultural equity. Her forms include visual art, public art, […]
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Call to action

Strive for an equitable and just future by integrating racial justice into climate action.