Rihanna’s Foundation to Donate $15 Million to Climate Justice Organisation

Rihanna’s Clara Foundation has decided to donate $15 million to organizations that are fighting for climate justice in the United States and the Caribbean. The pledge was made in partnership with Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative. 

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The group focuses on female, LGBT, and Black and Indigenous leaders because their communities are at the greatest risk.

Rihanna, who is from the eastern Caribbean Island of Barbados, wrote in a statement, “At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is rooted in the understanding that 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. This is why CLF prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and Caribbean.”

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Justine Lucas, the Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, also commented on the pledge, writing, “CLF believes strongly that funders must build partnerships with organizations and acknowledge their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their communities.”

In November of last year, Rihanna was declared a National Hero of Barbados. “Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement, and the attainment of the highest excellence that is redounded to the honor of Barbados,” Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley said at a ceremony celebrating the island nation cutting ties from the British monarchy and becoming a republic. 

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