Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced a $15 million pledge yesterday in support of climate justice organisations in the Caribbean and the United States.
Rihanna and Clara Lionel Foundation here are making it clear that climate justice is social justice, because climate change disproportionately affects marginalised communities. As Rihanna said in a statement:
"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.”
Justine Lucas, the executive director of Clara Lionel Foundation, added that:
"Funders must build partnerships with grassroots organizations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities."
Which is why the donation will be focusing on “groups with female, 2SLGBTQ+, and Black and Indigenous leaders because their communities are at the greatest risk”.
This is just the latest of Rihanna’s philanthropic efforts through Clara Lionel Foundation. In March 2020, they pledged $5 million for COVID relief. A few months later, an additional $15 million was pledged, in partnership with #startsmall, to support communities of colour, acknowledging that racism was exacerbating the experience of those struggling during the pandemic. Rihanna continues to step up.
And step out.
Here she is in blue in New York yesterday where she and A$AP Rocky have been photographed several times over the last week or so. I love how she wore her hair when they were seen shopping – slicked super flat on top and textured down below, fully exposing that amazing face.