Climate change is an injustice because its impacts are experienced most acutely by those who contributed least to the problem and have the fewest resources to protect themselves from harm. These include Indigenous peoples, the small island states, racial and ethnic minorities, poor people, and those who reside in climate-vulnerable geographic regions, including tropical, coastal, and agriculture-dependent low-income countries.

During this lecture, organised by Amsterdam University, professor Carmen G. Gonzalez from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law will examine the fossil fuel-based global economy through the framework of racial capitalism and the harms that it inflicts on colonized and racialized populations from cradle to grave. She will discuss international law’s complicity in the climate crisis and the importance of understanding racial capitalism’s race-making and profit-making logics in order to distinguish between reforms that entrench the system and those that promise to subvert and transform it.