The climate crisis is a defining challenge of our times. And we have already seen how it is having a disproportionate impact on communities of colour, in the Global South as well as here in the UK.

As world leaders gathered in Glasgow in November 2021 for COP26, JCWI held an online panel led by campaigners working on the forefront of the struggles for racial, migrant and climate justice. We heard from campaigners from communities affected by climate injustice about how they are joining the dots between these interconnected struggles, and how together we can fight for a world where everyone has the right to move, and the right to stay.

This event was a collaboration between the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment (MORE), a group of migrants and allies campaigning on racial and climate justice in Glasgow.

Yvonne Blake is a co-founder of MORE, a group of migrants and members of the community campaigning for the right to work, study, good housing and to be treated with dignity. As refugees, the members of MORE are acutely aware of the disproportionate intersectional impact of the climate crisis because this is our lived intergenerational reality. 

Angela Fonso is a campaigner with Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH), a group fighting air pollution caused by development at a highly polluted former gasworks in Southall, London. CASH are a group of local residents fighting for equity, and against pollution that is disproportionately impacting communities of colour in the local area and beyond.

Flora - Flora is a member of All-African Women's Group, a group of women who have sought asylum or migrated to the UK. Many have previously faced detention, and are now fighting against racism, to end destitution and detention, and for housing, healthcare, protection and resources for every woman.

The event was chaired by Karen Larbi. Karen Larbi is a social change trainer, facilitator, writer, event producer, peer counsellor and community builder. She is the Founder of POC In Nature, an online platform dedicated to helping people of colour explore the healing power of nature, environmental justice and land-honouring ancestral traditions, and is an England Advisory Committee Member at the RSPB.

This webinar was held on 11 November 2021. Watch it back for free below.