Climate racism is a term for the disproportionate impact that climate change has on racialized people. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change.
In the Commonwealth
Climate racism is especially evident in the Commonwealth. Underdeveloped countries are regularly hit by climate disasters despite having a very small carbon footprint. For example, people in Zambia have extremely low carbon footprints yet they have been facing a prolonged drought caused by climate change.
What is the Commonwealth Doing?
The Commonwealth is working hard to address climate change through the promotion of a zero-carbon economy plan, moving to increase focus on adaptation measures for small states that are already impacted by climate change, and funding Commonwealth countries with developing economies