When we talk about racism, we often mean personal prejudice or
institutional biases. Climate change doesn’t work that way. It is
structurally racist, disproportionately caused by majority White people
in majority White countries, with the damage unleashed overwhelmingly on
people of color. The climate crisis reflects and reinforces racial
In this eye-opening book, writer and environmental
activist Jeremy Williams takes us on a short, urgent journey across the
globe – from Kenya to India, the USA to Australia – to understand how
White privilege and climate change overlap. We’ll look at the
environmental facts, hear the experiences of the people most affected on
our planet and learn from the activists leading the change.
It’s time for each of us to find our place in the global struggle for justice.
‘Will open the minds of even the most ardent denier of climate change
and/or systemic racism. If there’s one book that will help you to be an
effective activist for climate justice, it’s this one.’ Dr Shola
Mos-Shogbamimu, author of This is Why I Resist: Don't Define My Black Identity
US is the biggest contributor to climate change today, and is also one
of the places where climate injustice is most keenly felt. Chapter 2
will focus on racial divides in relation to pollution exposure,
particularly in the US, using examples from black neighborhoods and
native American reservations.
- Chapters 5 and 6 will discuss how a
history of slavery and colonialism has led to climate injustice today
and will explore climate change as a form of violence, drawing
connections to the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement and wider racial
unrest in America.