ACW and Black Trade Unionists launch Environmental Racism project

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Project Description Bibliography Workshop


Green is not White
Copyright 2018 Favianna Rodriguez,

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Canada (CBTU) has joined the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) research project as a partner organization by launching an action research initiative on Environmental Racism. The destructiveness and speed of climate change is a call to action. CBTU will explore the impact of climate change on racialized communities within Canada. CBTU is a community based organization that gives voice to Black Trade Unionists on issues that impact upon people of African-Canadian descent. ACW is a partnership grant of Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Working with 47 individual researchers and 24 partner organizations in 4 countries, ACW seeks to slow global warming by developing tools to green the workplace and work itself. ACW is Canadian-focused and national in scope.

The CBTU Environmental Racism research project brings a vision of community engagement and mobilization around climate change by drawing Black Trade Unionists, and other racialized communities, into the fight to slow global warming while developing pathways to green jobs.

To start the project, CBTU is launching a social media campaign to engage racialized and indigenous communities in the process of discovering what has been written so far about environmental racism in the fight against climate change. Our focus is Canada, but we are including experience from the U.S. or the world if it is relevant to our situation. Using the hashtag [#EnvRacismCBTUACW], the project seeks to engage climate justice activists through Facebook and Twitter to identify the varying contexts of environmental racism. This type of crowd-sourced syllabi models similar participatory research campaigns such as #BlackLivesCDNSyllabus and #PrisonAbolitionSyllabus.

You can help to enrich the dialogue on environmental racism in Canada. Please click here to learn what we know of so far, then share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #EnvRacismCBTUACW. We will incorporate suggestions into a final bibliography which will be used to design a participatory training workshop to engage the community in the struggle to slow climate change and identify pathways to green jobs.


Dr. Carla Lipsig-Mummé,
Principal Researcher,
Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW)

Christopher Wilson,
Project Lead,
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Canada (CBTU)


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