Climate Justice is Racial Justice.
Climate justice and racial justice cannot be separated. Though climate change affects us all, its health impacts are faced by the most vulnerable people in society, who have contributed the least to it. From air pollution, food insecurity and eco-xenophobia to dengue vulnerability and disasters, environmental racism leads to disproportionately poor health for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. In this webinar we explored how centring climate justice in racial justice will lead to achieving equity in health for all people. We shared solutions to mitigate the health impacts of climate using an intersectional and decolonial lens, centring collective repair and healing. Speakers included:
Keston Perry (he/him)
Keston is a lecturer in economics at the University of the West of England and political economist with expertise in climate policy and justice, international political economy, development policy, resource-based industrialisation and economic development issues in the Global South. Keston is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. He has developed a governance framework that helps arrive at more empirically grounded, theoretically rigorous conclusions to better illustrate dynamics of extraction.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan (she/her)
Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a climate justice activist and organiser based in Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines.
Simmone Ahiaku (she/her)
Simmone is an award-winning changemaker, campaigner and activist who contributes to environmental, social and cultural work in Bristol, London and across the UK. She has worked as the Fossil FreeCampaigns Coordinator at People and Planet, and facilitates workshops to increase public understanding of climate colonialism and climate resistance histories.
Heizal Nagginda (she/her)
Heizal Nagginda is a climate and environmental activist from Uganda. She is the founder of Climate Operation a youth led organisation whose mission is to educate Ugandan children about climate change as well as involve them in climate related activism in form of tree planting activities. Heizal is also passionate about creating a more inclusive space where young people's voices are heard.