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

Climate Solutions and Migrant Justice are Interconnected

Unbound Philanthropy is on a learning journey to explore the intersections of climate change and migration– to understand how climate change is driving migration, how climate change impacts immigrant communities, and how these communities are leading solutions. And importantly, we seek to uncover innovative work happening at these intersections and how funders can support a healthy ecosystem.

Throughout our exploration, 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 emerging to work and invest at the intersection of climate and migrant justice, including frontline organizations and communities, grantmakers, and funding intermediaries. We believe that we will only find solutions to the greatest challenges of our time if we recognize them as interconnected, and if we respond to them in partnership.

Climate justice and migrant justice are deeply interconnected, and the immigrant justice movement can be a powerful ally in the fight to win major action to slow climate change and address its impacts. We also seek to support incorporating immigrant inclusion and migration as pillars of the climate movement.

We are honored to partner with the Climate Justice Collaborative at the National Partnership for New Americans, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Migration Project at the Global Strategic Communications Council, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), People and Planet, and Resilience Force, which are all taking innovative approaches to the intersections of climate and migration, and who are leading solutions.

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 join us on our learning journey: 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 exploration of climate and migrant justice, or to contact Unbound Philanthropy, please e-mail: Climate-migrantjustice@unboundphilanthropy.org.

UNBOUND CASE STUDIES

Immigrant Communities Building Collaborative Solutions for Climate and Migrant Justice 

UNBOUND + THE SOLUTIONS PROJECT

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

UNBOUND REPORT

On the Frontlines

of the Climate Emergency:

Where Immigrants

Meet Climate Change

“We can’t have climate justice unless there’s migrant justice, and until migrant rights are put forth front and center.”

– Kim Bryan, Associate Director of Global Communications, 350.org

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

Taking Openings

Saket Soni in conversation with George Goehl

Kim Stanley Robinson with Bill McKibben

City Arts & Lectures

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

Vox

Hosted by Ezra Klein, featuring Kim Stanley Robinson

Floodlines: The Story of an Unnatural Disaster

The Atlantic

Great Reads

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

New Labor Forum

By Deepak Bhargava

Much Alarm, Less Action: Foundations & Climate Change

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Beyond 2%: From Climate Philanthropy to Climate Justice

Edge Funders Alliance

Where Will Everyone Go?

ProPublica

By Abrahm Lustgarten, Photographs by Meridith Kohut

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

ProPublica

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

Groundswell: Acting on Internal Migration

The World Bank

Dangerous Narratives and Climate Migration

350.org

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

Remezcla

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
DEFINITION

WHAT IS CLIMATE MIGRATION?

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:
Photographer: David Bacon

Third image:
Migrants, who are mostly from Haiti, cross the Acandi River, near Acandi, Colombia on their journey north, in September 2021. Haiti is considered to be the most climate-vulnerable country in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Associated Press/Fernando Vergara)

Fourth Image:
“Refugee post-Hurricane Katrina”

Photographer: imaginewithme, istock by Getty Images

Resources:
1 New York Times Magazine
2 Resilience Force
3 United We Dream