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 newly created Climate Justice Collaborative at the National Partnership for New Americans, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and Resilience Force, three organizations that are 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: Climatefirstname.lastname@example.org.
UNBOUND + THE SOLUTIONS PROJECT
Frontline Organizations Leading Solutions at the Intersections of Climate and Immigrant Justice
On the Frontlines
of the Climate Emergency:
Meet Climate Change
– Kim Bryan, Associate Director of Global Communications, 350.org
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
Ezra Klein Show with Kim Stanley Robinson
Hosted by Ezra Klein, featuring Kim Stanley Robinson
Floodlines: The Story of an Unnatural Disaster
Mothers of Invention
Hosted by Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins, featuring Ursula Rakova and 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
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
Too Hot to Work
Union of Concerned Scientists
By Kristina Dahl and Rachel Licker
Where Will Everyone Go?
By Abrahm Lustgarten, Photographs by Meridith Kohut
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
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
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
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.
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
Photographer: David Bacon
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)
“Refugee post-Hurricane Katrina”
Photographer: imaginewithme, istock by Getty Images
1 New York Times Magazine
2 Resilience Force
3 United We Dream