We are Investing at the Intersections of Climate and Migrant Justice: Join Us

Climate Solutions and Migrant Justice are Interconnected

Unbound Philanthropy is investing at the intersections of climate and migrant justice because we recognize that climate change is inextricably linked to our mission, to contribute to a vibrant, welcoming society and just immigration systems in the United States and United Kingdom. Climate change is not a separate issue, but an era; a volatile element of the context for our work.

Throughout our journey over the last several years exploring these intersections, we have come to understand that while climate change affects everyone, the damage is compounded for countries and communities that are made vulnerable by restrictive immigration policies, patriarchal beliefs and systems, structural racism, and by economic stress and exploitation– and that these same communities are leading solutions shaped by their experience.

Unbound Philanthropy is a small part of a broader network that is working and investing at the intersection of climate and migrant justice, including frontline organizations and organizations working nationally and internationally to transform systems and narratives, as well as grantmakers and funding intermediaries.

Below and on the following pages we offer to you what we’ve been learning, and we are eager to learn from you as well. We invite you to read the resources we’ve published, and to listen, watch, and read from the collection of resources that we’ve curated.

For more information about our investments in climate and migrant justice, or to contact Unbound Philanthropy, please e-mail: Climate-migrantjustice@unboundphilanthropy.org.


Immigrant Communities Building Collaborative Solutions for Climate and Migrant Justice 


Frontline Organizations Leading Solutions at the Intersections of Climate and Immigrant Justice


On the Frontlines

of the Climate Emergency:

Where Immigrants

Meet Climate Change

“Our ability to cope with a planet in motion in some even modestly humane fashion will determine the character of the century ahead; thinking through the possibilities right now, while the numbers are still relatively small, and then taking the biggest political steps we can manage to open our societies to people who need to move, is our best chance at both justice and peace.”

– Bill McKibben, “Where Will We Live,” The New York Review of Books

Resources and

Food for Thought

If you want to go deeper into the intersections of climate and migrant justice, the following articles, books, talks, and interviews are good places to start.

Watch and Listen

Climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare.

TEDWomen 2019 | Colette Pichon Battle

In from the Cold? Should Climate Migrants Get Special Legal Migration Pathways?

Ama Francis, Climate Displacement Project Strategist with the International Refugee Assistance Project talks with the Migration Policy Institute

Taking Openings

Saket Soni in conversation with George Goehl

The Next American Migration

Galen Druke interviews author Jake Bittle for FiveThirtyEight

Placed Here, In This Calling

On Being

Hosted by Krista Tippett, featuring Colette Pichon Battle

Migrant Justice = Climate Justice

Panel Discussion at COP26

Intersectional Justice: Migrants on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Webinar co-hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Unbound Philanthropy

Telling the Climate Story with Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad

Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

Ezra Klein Show with Kim Stanley Robinson


Hosted by Ezra Klein, featuring Kim Stanley Robinson

Floodlines: The Story of an Unnatural Disaster

The Atlantic

Great Reads

From Displacement to Resilience: Climate Migrants Helping Grow Needed Solutions


By David Sherfinski

We are in a Time of New Suns

Taryn Higashi, for the Center for Effective Philanthropy

Climate Migration Explainer

By IOM, Emerson Collective, and Climate Migration Council

Where Will We Live?

The New York Review of Books

By Bill McKibben

Where Will Everyone Go?


By Abrahm Lustgarten, Photographs by Meridith Kohut

Social Democracy or Fortress Democracy? A Twenty-First Century Immigration Plan

New Labor Forum

By Deepak Bhargava

Groundswell: Acting on Internal Migration

The World Bank

Dangerous Narratives and Climate Migration


Cities, Climate, and Migration

The Mayors Migration Council

International Climate Migration: What Can U.S. Communities Do?

The Brendle Group

By Judy Dorsey and Jim Hight

On the Frontlines: Climate Change Threatens the Health of America’s Workers

Natural Resources Defense Council

By Juanita Constible & Clare Morganelli

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

One World

Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K. Wilkinson

Why Immigrant Youth Should Lead Climate Change Strikes


By Juliana Macedo do Nascimento

Climate and Environmental Justice

Climate Reality Project

Too Hot to Work

Union of Concerned Scientists

By Kristina Dahl and Rachel Licker

How Climate Migration Will Reshape America

The New York Times 

By Abram Lustgarten | Photographs by Meridith Kohut

The Migrant Workers Who Follow Climate Disasters

The New Yorker

By Sarah Stillman

Beyond 2%: From Climate Philanthropy to Climate Justice

Edge Funders Alliance

Climate Change Will Make Parts of the U.S. Uninhabitable. Americans Are Still Moving There


By Lucas Waldron and Abrahm Lustgarten

A New Framework for U.S. Leadership on Climate Migration

Center for Strategic and International Studies

By Erol Yayboke, Trevor Houser, Janina Staguhn, and Tani Salmastgarten



The IOM defines climate migration as, “The movement of a person or groups of persons who, predominantly for reasons of sudden or progressive change in the environment due to climate change, are obliged to leave their habitual place of residence, or choose to do so, either temporarily or permanently, within a State or across an international border.” It’s important to note that a large majority of climate migrants move within their own countries, not across national borders.

Banner Image:
Farmworkers harvest watermelons early in the morning in a field near Arvin, California, in the San Joaquin Valley, in a crew of Mexican immigrants. The temperature at the time, about 8 in the morning, was over 95 degrees, and would reach over 110 in the afternoon. Farmworkers are 35 times more likely to die from heat than any other occupation––and the majority of the deaths are among immigrant workers.

Photographer: David Bacon

Second Image:
“Refugee post-Hurricane Katrina”

Photographer: imaginewithme, istock by Getty Images