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February 25, 2021 BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Climate Effects on Communities of Color

The racism embedded in U.S. society and the associated historical and present-day injustices have subjected people of color to far greater environmental health hazards. It is not surprising that climate change, the result of a legacy of extraction, colonialism, and slavery, disproportionately impacts communities of color, poor people, and indigenous people. Further, racial inequality has left those most at risk from climate change with the fewest resources to cope. Climate action is, therefore, intimately tied to racial justice. This webinar examines the disparate impacts of climate on communities of color in the United States.


  • Lisa Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Melissa Bryan, Class of 2021, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; President Barry Law Chapter of Federal Bar Association
  • Omega Wilson, Co-Founder, West End Revitalization Association


  • Barrett Holmes Pitner, Founder and Philosopher-In-Chief, The Sustainable Culture Lab; Lecturer, The George Washington University; Contributor, The Daily Beast and BBC

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, ABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, ABA Young Lawyers Division


Presentation: Lisa Benjamin, Omega Wilson

Transcript: Climate Effects on Communities of Color

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

Black Lives Matter: the link between climate change and racial justice

I'm a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.
Washington Post | June 3, 2020

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