Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative

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.

Community Knowledge and Power Building

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. 


We work support 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, and in Haiti with several social movements opposing megaprojects that would displace small-scale farmers and may degrade ecosystems.

Research and Analysis

The Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative produces student-led research and analysis on the human rights consequences of climate change in the region.  The research aims to inform advocates, scientists and lawyers, and to compel collective action.  Further, the research supports the case for climate reparations and just adaptation for the Caribbean.

Ellie Happel
Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic
Co-Director, Haiti Justice and International Accountability
Co-Director, Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative
Sienna Merope-Synge
Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic
Co-Director, Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative
Recent News
October 4, 2021
GJC Issues a Solidarity Letter in Support of Communities in the Dominican Republic Resisting the Expansion of Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo Mine
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Press Releases
October 4, 2021
Press Release: International NGOs Stand With Dominicans Opposed to Pueblo Viejo Mine Expansion
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Press Releases
May 4, 2021
Press Release: Civil Society and Downstream Users to Barrick: No Dominican Republic Expansion
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Recent Events
May 6, 2021
Resisting Extractivism, Advancing Climate Justice: Views from the Caribbean on the eve of Regional Climate Week
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