Environmental activism and environmental racism are not new to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The consequences of climate change generate heat islands in urban areas, air pollution, severe storms, and flooding—all which disproportionately harm communities of color. However, efforts to advance a clean energy future have historically excluded diverse voices. Studies have also shown that BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations receive only a fraction of the philanthropic investment that white-led organizations receive.
What if there was an opportunity to invest in efforts across Ohio that sit at the intersection of racial equity, democracy and climate? This very idea has blossomed into a new and exciting initiative that launched last month: The Ohio Climate Justice Fund.
The primary goal of this effort is to help build a diverse coalition of advocates that will have the power to influence policy change that leads to a just and inclusive clean energy economy for Ohio.
Join us, in-person at the City Club for a dynamic conversation about centering intentional and authentic community listening—the first step in organizing grassroots power in support of equitable clean energy policies.
The livestream will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.
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