May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, which is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the culture, history, and lasting impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have created in the United States.
Although The Solutions Project partners and supports the AAPI leaders year-round, we are taking this as an opportunity to amplify and uplift Asian American and Pacific Islanders grassroots solutionaries who are making invaluable contributions to the climate movement.
Why is this important?
Asian American communities have largely been left out of the environmental justice Conversation, with less than 1 percent of philanthropic dollars going to AAPI causes.*
At a time when the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communites are facing a heightened wave of discrimination and violence and, like other communities of color, are suffering disproportionately from the health and economic impacts of poverty, climate change, the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, that’s not enough.
Asian and Pacific Islander climate activists, organizations, and regions must be included in the movement if we are to ensure we are building an inclusive and just future for all. They need to be celebrated every day, not just in the month of May.