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When Green Goes Black

March 16, 2011

Black Entertainment Television

Going green” for many conjures up images of small hybrid cars, wind turbine-powered towns, and “granola”- looking men donning hemp sandals on the beach. But as panelist Kari Fulton pointed out at the “On the Rise: The Future of Activism” seminar at the Leading Women Defined conference, Black people have been going green since we built the steps of the White House.

Many African-Americans have misconceptions about the environmental movement because the face of the effort often doesn’t look like their own. Corporations have perhaps helped to proliferate the stereotypes by marketing “eco-friendly” products and campaigns for merchandise that is more costly and harder to find in low-income and minority communities. Fulton, who is the national campus coordinator for the Environmental Justice & Climate Change Initiative, passionately spoke about the issue at the session.

BET Redefined Power and Influence With it’s First Ever BLACK GIRLS ROCK!

November 2, 2010

Black Entertainment Television

On Saturday, October 16, 2010, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ celebrated the brilliance, beauty, grace and influence of black women. Hosted by Nia Long,BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™  honored the most exceptional women of color in the country from Missy Elliot to Raven Symone and featured performances and appearances by Malinda Williams, Shontelle, Lynn Whitfield, Keri Hilson, Ciara, VV Brown, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Estelle, Kym Whitley, and more. The network premiere will be televised exclusively on BET, Sunday, November 7th at 8 – 10 p.m.*

The following individuals were recognized as Black Girls Making a Difference:

  • Amiya Alexander
  • Hydeia Broadbent
  • Kari Fulton
  • Adele Taylor

Eco-Chic: 10 Green Warriors You Need to Know

April 23, 2010

Washington Life Magazine

TheGrio’s 100: Kari Fulton, to be young, green, and black

February 1, 2010

Did you know that it’s cool to be black and green? Kari Fulton has been leading the charge to let the black community know that environmental justice is an issue to be concerned about. The Denver native is considered one of the leading green justice activists of color in the country.

Fulton is a youth campaign coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), and is co-founder of After seeing the environmental devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Fulton awakened to the fact that environmental justice was a black issue.

Climate Talks Unlock Key Stumbling Block

Dec 08, 2010

Asia One News

Thousands of activists and Mexican peasants, holding rainbow flags and playing drums and flutes, marched from central Cancun en route to the luxury hotel where talks were underway, many of them to reject the REDD deal.

“REDD is a false solution because you are creating a market on our forests, you are not protecting our Mother Earth,” said US activist Kari Fulton.

“We are standing here to say that we want protection and to be respected,” she said.

Article published internationally including:


Bangkok Post

Vía Campesina: La COP-16 no ha logrado reducir contaminantes

Excelsior (Mexico)

December 7, 2010

Consideran que han dejado fuera de la negociación el punto de vista de miles de campesinos golpeados por el cambio climático

Top 10 environmental issues affecting urban America

April 23, 2010

Most communities of color live near power plants, oil refineries and waste management facilities. As a matter of fact, according to the report Air of Injustice: African Americans and Power Plant Pollution, 68 percent of blacks live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, as compared to 56 percent of whites. — the distance within which the maximum effects of the smokestack plume are expected to occur. Industrial waste that is not disposed of appropriately (or legally) can get into the water system and land used for housing and agriculture. Improper waste dumping creates a host of health problems, ranging from asthma to lung cancer.”

African American Environmental Justice Advocates Appeal to World Leaders to Honor Commitment to Communities Most Impacted by Climate Change

Dec. 15,2009

florida news wire

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, and WASHINGTON, D.C. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Temperatures are rising at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen as negotiators scuffle to reach a consensus before heads of state arrive later this week. Many African American environmental justice NGO representatives balance support for the global south and their own communities back home as the focus turns to President Obama’s speech this coming Friday. “We want to support our President, and certainly look forward to his speech,” said Felicia M. Davis an environmental activist attending the conference representing Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR).

The situation demands that America steps forward to lead the way by taking bold steps to reduce emissions and to usher in an era of equity in global agreements. Our sisters and brothers in the global south and global north are counting on us.”

Day climate summit in Copenhagen report: Tears, protests, and Soros’s comments …

December 12, 2009 (Turkey)

(Translated from Original Article) -COPENHAGEN – Long meetings, lots of numbers, data sharing, and action outside the UN Climate Change Conference-long tear in the confused. Climate experts and leaders at the summit held in Copenhagen, bringing together the Union’s Pan African Climate Justice youth climate movement, the leaders of the United States, speaking in Fulton, Kari, President Barack Obama to take action when calling the tears. Outside, an American group of young people staying underwear, in front of them to participate in negotiations, the delegates, with banners “can not negotiate our future” was the message.

‘Green’ Minority Youth Hope to be Inspired in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009

National Public Radio

Thousands of environmental activists, politicians and policy experts are in Copenhagen to discuss climate change. Among the attendees are minority youth from throughout the U.S. Kari Fulton, a youth campaign coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, checks in from Copenhagen where she is helping young people of color prepare a “green” plan of action for their communities upon their return.

Black Organizations at War Over Climate Change

July 20, 2009


Nascent organizations such as Green for All and the Apollo Alliance have been the go-to groups on climate change policy, and while they are demographically all-inclusive, neither group by design has an agenda that specifically addresses African American concerns. Environmental justice groups, most notably the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, have spoken most openly and authoritatively on global warming and energy implications for African Americans and minorities, but are often left from the policy table.”

Speaking truth to power: Washington welcomes thousands of eco-minded student activists to Power Shift 2009.

Mar 07 2009

Mother Nature Network

Kari Fulton helped organize Power Shift 2007, and said the second installment of Power Shift was scheduled for 2009 to influence Washington in the first 100 days of the new administration.  “In 2008, we wanted to elect leaders who make the environment a priority and we did that,” said Fulton.  “Now that they’ve been elected, we want to hold them accountable.  We want them to know we’re not just going to go away.”

Racial disparities exist despite Obama election

Long march toward true and meaningful equality in America is not over



Fulton, 23, was part of a group of young black activists from across the country who worked to register and turn out young black voters in the presidential election. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation brought the group together shortly after the election to learn about converting their enthusiasm into ongoing political activism.

‘Election Day was just the beginning,’ said Fulton, who lives in Washington and works as an organizer for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. “People don’t expect President Obama to be a superhero. We have to solve our own problems.’”

Report: Global Warming Disproportionately Affects African Americans, Low-Income Communities


Though it may have struck you already, a recent report corroborates what some advocates and the Hurricane Katrina debacle are making painfully clear: that people of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change and related disasters.

Titled A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming, and a Just Climate Policy for the U.S. and co-authored by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative and Redefining Progress, the report analyzes data such as per capita carbon emissions, vulnerability to natural disasters, energy price increases, share of war costs and housing inequalities. The report’s findings show that though global warming affects everyone, existing inequalities are consistently amplified through unjust climate policies and lack of representation.”

Black Communities Struggle with Soaring Energy Costs

August 18, 2008

PBS News Hour

Many Americans suspect that the country’s sagging economy is already in a recession. But the prices of energy continue its upward march.

Andrew Hoerner researches energy use in minority communities for the sustainability think tank Redefining Progress and the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. He says these energy prices are bad news for everyone, but they are particularly bad news for black communities.

According to Hoerner, black people pay more of their incomes on home energy and heating expenses than other people. Hoerner says there are a couple of reasons for it. First, black people, on average, have lower incomes.

Inside Politics

July 30, 2008

Washington Times

It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina said Tuesday.

Mr. Clyburn, who is black, spoke at the National Press Club to help launch the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change, a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The launch came on the heels of a separate report by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, which claims blacks are more vulnerable than whites to the effects of climate change. EJCC describes itself as a “climate justice” advocacy group.

Climate change mitigation in fewer than seven words

February 4, 2008

Right now, the progressive movement is comparatively weak. And many progressives are like Markos (founder of the Daily Kos site): they are partisan Democrats first, and progressives second. We need a “net-roots-like” alliance that puts a progressive agenda above party politics, that forms a loose network around issues, and that is anti-war and favors the working class and middle classes over the rich — even during election years. Climate action activists need to be part of such a network. Groups headed in this direction include The Apollo Alliance, Climate Justice Now!, and theEnvironmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative.”

Youths Make Spirited Case at Climate Meeting

December 9, 2005

New York Times

On Thursday, about a dozen young people trooped through a maze of corridors to a room used by American negotiators for confidential talks. There they sat around a rectangular table with Daniel A. Reifsnyder, the director of the State Department’s office of global change.

They met in part to lay out their case for new actions to reduce greenhouse gases, but also to complain about the fate of Nia Robinson, a young campaigner from Detroit working for Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, a group focused on the social impact of global warming.