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What We're Reading: Climate Justice Edition

Thursday, March 4, 2021
by Alan Kwok, Northern California Grantmakers

For the past few years, NCG has galvanized, coordinated, and led philanthropy in the Bay Area and across California to support communities impacted by wildfires and other natural hazards. As wildfires become more catastrophic each successive year due to our changing climate, NCG has recently expanded its disaster resilience efforts to include climate justice. We define climate justice as addressing the disproportional risks and impacts of climate change on frontline communities as a result of historical injustice and disinvestment. Our approach in addressing climate change issues at NCG and the broader Philanthropy California alliance is based on the belief that solutions to climate risks and disasters are best designed and carried out by communities closest to the problems, with support from private and public sectors. 

We'll keep you updated as we expand and announce the new area of work, and for, now we're sharing climate justice issues, ranging from climate feminism to health impacts of climate change to accountability of philanthropy to BIPOC climate justice innovators. We hope these articles inspire you to delve in deeply about how you can take part in advancing racial, gender, and economic equities.


1. Climate change is the most horrible symptom of an economic system that has been built for a few to extract every precious value out of this planet and its people.

Colette Pichon Battle: How Can We Prepare For The Next Hurricane Katrina?, TED RadioHour



2. Women-led groups are affecting real change globally on issues like the climate.

The climate crisis needs feminism, Mongabay



3. Green jobs must include those that center, nurture, and develop our individual and collective capacity to care for others and the environment.

The road to a net-zero economy requires building girls’ green skills for green jobs, The Brookings Institute



4. Black communities can’t breathe because of a police officer’s knee on their necks and they can’t breathe because of a toxic legacy of pollution.

Racial justice essential to just transition to a low-carbon future, Occidental College



5. Wildfire smoke is our way of experiencing climate change in California.

Wildfire Smoke Could Be the Main Way Californians Experience Climate Change, KQED



6. Smoke impacts are likely the largest public health concern from wildfire.

The Costs of Wildfires in California, CCST (California Council on Science and Technology) 



7. Direct money to where it counts

New Initiative Calls for 30% of Climate Funding to Back Justice Groups Led by People of Color, Inside Philanthropy

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