Transforming Narratives About Climate Migration

Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) has a clear mission: to advance structural shifts toward climate justice and ecological equity in communities of color on the frontline of climate change. All of GCCLP’s work is critical, and impressive. But the aspect of their work that is especially remarkable – and pathbreaking – is their narrative development around climate and migration. The reality is that immigrants and refugees can go to where they can afford to go, which is often a Black space, or a poor space, and then there’s fighting over resources. How do we shift communities’ mindsets about scarcity? It isn’t going to help to say, ‘We have more jobs.’ The problem is a perception of scarcity, and a perception of domination.  — Colette Pichon Battle – Founder and Executive Director, GCCLP
The problem is a perception of scarcity and a perception of domination.

Colette Pichon Battle – Founder and Executive Director, GCCLP

We hope that this case study provides a closer look at the work happening at the intersection of climate change and migration, and that this extraordinary organization inspires you to ask questions, learn more, and get involved with your philanthropy in helping to strengthen the organizations and collaborations across the migrant and climate justice movements.