Racism, White Supremacy & the Climate Movement

The Racism, White Supremacy, & the Climate Movement Working Group of CAN invites everyone to deepen your understanding of the interrelationships between racism and climate change, and to be active in building a powerful climate justice movement. In order to stop climate change, we must address racism. Please use these pages to understand more about why this is true and how we can do this. Please join us as we learn together and become increasingly effective. To join the Working Group please email Russ Vernon-Jones at russvj@gmail.com.

Key Resources:

CAN statement onWhite Supremacy and Climate Action

Working Group Goals

“What’s Race Got to Do with It?” – blog post by Russ Vernon-Jones that offers a quick overview of connection between racism and climate change and our movement for climate justice

Climate change is going to be the biggest cause of impoverishment, suffering and death for people of color all over the world for the remainder of this century. At the same time, racism keeps being used in the United States to elect politicians who refuse to take action to stop climate change. Racism also divides the climate movement and interferes with building a multi-racial movement powerful enough and inclusive enough to win the changes we need.