Climate Justice and Reparations

The countries of the Caribbean have contributed a negligible amount to global greenhouse gas emissions, and yet are experiencing—and will experience—some of the most devastating consequences of climate change. Though the Caribbean is highly exposed to extreme weather events and sea level rises, the human impacts of climate change are not an accident of geography alone. They are also the result of colonial, extractive and exploitative power relationships that drive extreme climate vulnerability in the region, falling unevenly on the most marginalized communities.

The Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative collaborates with social movements and organizations in the Caribbean, with an initial focus on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The initiative aims to uphold the human rights of marginalized communities on the frontlines of the global climate crisis and to advance their climate justice priorities nationally and internationally.

The project objectives are to build the power and knowledge of Caribbean communities and conduct joint advocacy, including through popular education, legal empowerment and by supporting South-South exchanges. 

The initiative supports campaigns in partnership with social movements, including efforts to resist development projects and policies that exacerbate climate vulnerability and threaten human rights.

  • In the Dominican Republic, the Clinic collaborates with Dominican social justice organization Centro Montalvo to support community self-determination in the face of an expansion of the Barrick Gold Pueblo Viejo mine that may threaten one of the country’s most significant watersheds.
  • In Haiti with several social movements opposing megaprojects that would displace small-scale farmers and may degrade ecosystems.

The student-led research and analysis produced aim to:

  • inform advocates, scientists and lawyers
  • compel collective action
  • support the case for climate reparations and just adaptation for the Caribbean.