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 COP26, which we covered from Glasgow in 2021, 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.
Direct action isn't the only way to establish ourselves within environmental justice, sometimes our best work is rooted in who we already are.
After a week of action, protesters gather outside of Newham’s city hall to try and stop the Silvertown Tunnel in its tracks.
Biodiversity conservation has a dark colonial history, but now is the time to get things right.
Environmental groups are recognising the need for diversity within their movements, but do they understand the experiences of climate activists of colour?
With the UK experiencing its warmest New Year’s Day on record, climate action has to ramp up.
gal-dem investigates how the UK’s voracious consumption of fast fashion is threatening Ghana's second-hand trade, people and environment.
The crucial Glasgow Climate Pact fails to go far enough or fast enough. gal-dem asks what's next for the climate movement.
Music has a long history of mixing with social activism. Kimi Chaddah talks to organisers and artists to discuss whether concerts like Climate Live are a logical move for the environmental justice movement.
Are Global North countries evading their financial responsibility during the climate crisis?
With the climate crisis in full force in the Global South, these are the voices we should try listening to.
Speaking to the artists behind 'We Are History' at Somerset House which amplifies voices from the Global South
Saturday 6 November saw climate demonstrations all around the world. We report from the action in Glasgow, host to this year’s crucial climate summit