Rihanna pledges $15 million to climate justice movement through her Clara Lionel foundation
Rihanna, who is from Barbados, said the large donation will go to 18 climate justice organisations carrying out work in seven Caribbean nations and the United States.
The ‘We Found Love’ singer is making the donation through her Clara Lionel Foundation, which is named after her grandparents.
It will go to 18 climate justice organisations working in seven Caribbean nations and the US, including the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Movement for Black Lives.
Rihanna, who is from Barbados, said: “Climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of colour and island nations facing the brunt of climate change.”
The grants will focus on groups with female, LGBT, and black or indigenous leaders due to their communities being at the greatest risk.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation states its goal as ‘protecting the world’s last wild places’, and has 6 key areas of activity: Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.
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“Funders must build partnerships with grassroots organisations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities,” Justine Lucas, Clara Lionel Foundation’s executive director, said.
In November, Rihanna, who is one of the wealthiest female musicians in the world, was declared a national hero in Barbados by the country’s prime minister.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions.” Prime Minister Mia Motley said at the time.
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