There is no climate justice without
racial and social justice.

Why climate justice?

350 Madison believes that climate justice is not possible without racial justice. We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, those working to achieve justice for people of color, and those demanding action to confront the forces that have allowed systemic racism to persist. While all members of our society are harmed and endangered by climate change and its impacts such as wildfires, floods, new diseases, and hurricanes people of color suffer disproportionately, largely due to systemic racism and wealth disparities.

What is the Climate Justice Team?

The Climate Justice Team elevates climate and racial justice as a priority within 350 Madison; educates members on the linkages between systemic racism and climate change; raises awareness of the disproportionate impacts of climate change on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities;, and promotes and encourages members to take action to fight racism in both the climate movement and their personal lives. The team also supports BIPOC-led organizations in their work to achieve social, racial, and climate justice goals.

Our goals

  1. Generate more expansive, inclusive, and effective ideas for fighting climate change by expanding our membership to new communities and organizations.
  2. Empower vulnerable communities.
  3. Form allegiances and alliances to grow the political power of climate and racial justice groups to achieve our common goals.
  4. Increase our understanding of how the systems of racism, classism, and exploitation have created marginalized communities, and led to climate change.

Key racial and climate justice terms


Learn…

 

Some helpful resources:

Reflect…

  1. What role do racism and classism play in the climate change movement?
  2. How is the climate crisis experienced differently by people of different races and income levels?
  3. How does relative privilege impact individuals’ position in the climate justice movement?
  4. Do you believe you have privilege due to your race? If so, how can you use your privilege to support the inclusion of more marginalized voices in the climate justice movement?

Act!

How can you further amplify the voices of  BIPOC organizations within the climate justice movement? How can you act to eliminate racial and climate injustices?

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