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. 

Advocacy

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.

People
Alejandra Torres
Research Scholar, Global Justice Clinic
Ellie Happel
Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic
Co-Director, Haiti Justice and International Accountability
Co-Director, Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative
Sienna Merope-Synge
Co-Director, Caribbean Climate Justice Initiative
Supervising Attorney, Indigenous Land Rights and Earth Defence Project
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July 6, 2022
Racism Causes Climate Vulnerability in Haiti: Collaborative Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism
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May 11, 2022
GJC Stands with Dominican Organizers Opposing Barrick Gold Mine Expansion
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April 6, 2022
Violence Against Women and Climate Vulnerability: GJC and Solidarite Famn Ayisyèn Present Land Grab Against Women to UN Special Rapporteur
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May 6, 2021
Resisting Extractivism, Advancing Climate Justice: Views from the Caribbean on the eve of Regional Climate Week
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