The climate crisis often seems like an insurmountable challenge – how do we even begin to comprehend, much less tackle, the most pressing issue our planet and people face?
For too long, both climate activism and climate coverage have overlooked the voices and experiences of communities of colour, particularly those in the Global South, who have been living with the impact of the crisis for years. Through our new series ‘It’s Happening Now’, we’re exploring the effect of the climate crisis and campaigning for change to address its effects on marginalised communities in the UK and around the world. The crisis can’t be confined to one part of our lives, and so it won’t be confined to one section of our coverage either.
Here, you’ll be able to find stories spotlighting communities, collectives and individuals who are adapting, innovating and campaigning for solutions, the voices of those on the frontlines, and practical actions you can take straightaway to make a difference. We know the language around the crisis can often be intimidating. As with all gal-dem’s coverage, these stories will be told from the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders, in ways that are accessible, clear, and spark hope that it’s not too late to fight for change.
As part of our commitment to covering the climate crisis responsibly and centring the stories of people of colour, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Covering Climate Now – a collaboration of more than 450 newsrooms around the world working together to cover the climate crisis with the accuracy and urgency it deserves. CC Now’s Emergency Statement says, “it’s time for journalism to recognise that the climate crisis is here.” For communities of colour, that recognition is long overdue.
Our commitment stretches beyond the two weeks of COP27, uplifting the voices so often locked out of the corridors of power. All our team’s stories, past present and future, related to the climate crisis can be found here. This crisis is happening now – we cannot, and will not, ignore it.
'The big smoke’ is threatening our lungs and lives. Here’s the case for car-free cities.
Our planet suffered greatly, yet there was plenty of hope to be found.
A big win for Loss and Damage and a colossal disappointment for everything else.
Delivering workshops on allyship, decolonising GCSE textbooks and providing ecologists and conservationists with a sense of community – all in a day’s work for REED.
In Qatar, eight World Cup stadiums have fully-functional air conditioning to keep players and fans cool during warm November temperatures.
Just Stop Oil have recently escalated their actions, sparking criticism. But disruption is the point.
African activists are calling for the specific vulnerabilities of women and girls on the continent to take centre stage at COP27.
Extreme flooding has killed hundreds of Nigerians and displaced millions. Without concrete climate action, things will only get worse.
In India, the unfolding climate crisis has shown no signs of stopping, but work by climate groups is already under action.
We meet the climate activist to discuss her new book and the importance of community-building.
Climate migration is changing lives in the Global South. As COP27 opens in Egypt, we spoke to Kenyans experiencing the damages of an exceptional drought.
Behind violent protests in the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan is a history of festering social problems caused by the Aral Sea disaster.