Rihanna has pledged $15 million to support the Climate Justice movement through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The artist,who believes climate change is a social-justice issue, announced on last Tuestay this grant. This donation which was made in partnership with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall philanthropic initiative, is focused on groups with female, LGBT, and Black and Indigenous leaders and shall be given to 18 climate justice organizations doing work in seven Caribbean nations and the United States. They include the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Movement for Black Lives.
According to Rihanna, “Climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change,”. The artists, who herself hails from the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados, explained that disparity is the reason her foundation, which is named after her grandparents, prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work.
“Funders must build partnerships with grassroots organizations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities,” Justine Lucas, Clara Lionel Foundation’s executive director, said in a statement.