A group of people walking together along a tree-lined park path. Photograph by Francis Augusto

Urban health

Centring voices from communities most at risk from the health effects of climate change

The climate crisis is a health crisis, and in urban places, climate change is one of the most significant long-term challenges to achieving health equity.

This is because people who live in precarious housing conditions, are economically disadvantaged and with long-term health conditions – including cardiovascular conditions and diabetes – are much more vulnerable to the effects of a change climate, such as extreme heat.

In Lambeth and Southwark, where we work, these are mostly people from Black and other ethnically minoritised communities

However, these communities who are most at risk of the health impacts of climate change are the ones that contribute the least to it – and whose voices are often excluded from activism on climate change.

That’s why we partnered with Do It Now Now to back 17 Black- and Brown-led organisations with grant funding and additional business support through the Climate, Health and Community Fund.

With support from Do It Now Now, grantees built on existing interventions and worked with their communities to ensure the conversation around climate change leaves no one behind.

Who we're supporting

Through the partnership, we’ve learnt that funders, policymakers and mainstream climate campaigners need to broaden their understanding of what climate action is.

By recognising the different ways that people from Black and other minoritised backgrounds take part in climate activism, show support for communities impacted by climate change, and how a range of cultural practices can intersect with climate activism, they can help build a movement that people from marginalised communities feel included in.

They also need to prioritise supporting community-led action that addresses the issues important to people from minoritised communities – including health inequalities, racism and poverty.

Olamide Raheem

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To find out more about our work on climate change and health inequalities, get in touch with Olamide Raheem.

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