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Philanthropy needs to support environmental justice organizations whose place based knowledge and movement building are led by people of color. However philanthropy remains overwhelmingly white and so are the groups they fund. For decades the environmental justice organizations have been leading the fights against the fossil fuel industry, energy burdens, housing insecurity, flooding and addressing environmental injustices and have a track record of wins, and earned trust that enables them to mobilize the communities where they live and work many times without funding. The environmental justice movement continues to only have access to 1% of grant funding opposed to white led environmental and conservation organizations whose leadership is not impacted by the climate crisis. Without engagement of those on the front lines, even the best-intended big green solutions who are supported by philanthropy can be ineffective or harmful, it is time to move the money to groups who are advancing environmental justice.

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