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Climate Change, Extractivism and Colonialism: Facilitators and Learners’ Handbook


This handbook aims to provide a framework for a process of co-(un)learning by exploring colonisation, colonialism and racialisation, and linking them to climate and environmental justice.

It’s designed as a set of resources for facilitators, or for climate or environmental activist groups who wish to co-design a (un)learning experience together.

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As the world recognises the intense challenges and destruction caused by climate change, there is increasing awareness in the Global North and in communities with privileged access to resources, that communities from the Global South and Black, Indigenous and communities of colour are most affected by climate change impacts.

There is also a recognition that those same communities are often on the front line of living with the impacts of extractive projects that threaten the environment and exacerbate the impact of climate change, particularly mining, fossil fuel extraction, mass hydroelectric infrastructure and industrial agriculture.

What sometimes gets left out of the narratives about different impacts of climate change drivers and climate change itself, is why Black, Indigenous and communities of colour are more affected.

It can be attributed to structural or systemic racism, but again, why does this exist?

This resource Climate Change, Extractivism and Colonialism:

  • is intended for people who already have some knowledge about climate change and climate justice, and experiences of climate and environmental activism and organising.
  • is developed around 4 big themes: 1. Historical Colonialism; 2. Modern-day Colonialism; 3. Extractivism and Colonialism; 4. Solidarity and Justice.
  • includes extended facilitator notes (including accessibility notes for a range of user abilities) and makes use of videos as part of a short course approach. Each theme covers 3 to 4 hours of activities.
  • suggests a range of learning outcomes at the beginning of each theme

This resource was written by Sian Cowman with consultants Decolonising Economics, designed by Gabriel Rodriguez, cover art by Pedro Rodriguez and overseen by Emma Jayne Geraghty, Head of Movement Building, Friends of the Earth Ireland.

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