Climate Justice Collab



High-level events, bespoke meetings for philanthropy and webinars exploring topics of Loss & Damage, Agroecology, Climate Finance, Indigenous People’s & Energy Access, Racial Justice and Youth Movement Building

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Participants, including foundations and activists from around the globe

The Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative theory of change is grounded in the view that participatory spaces for philanthropy to learn from and work with the field provides a powerful foundation for trust-building, strategy development, and ultimately, collaborative action. Since our inception in 2021, we have incubated a comprehensive field-led learning journey for philanthropy to influence both internal and sector-wide intersectional change in line with the urgency and priorities of those on the frontlines.


Our widely praised learning journey took the form of 21 high-level events, webinars and bespoke meetings for philanthropy that have been attended by over 2,200+ individuals, including foundations and activists around the globe. Our events were designed as a “syllabus” highlighting intersectional themes and groups of people which receive insufficient attention and funding.

Each webinar was held in collaboration with and co-led by the communities and groups of people who experience climate injustices. Topics include: Loss & Damage, Agroecology, Climate Finance, Indigenous People’s & Energy Access, Racial Justice and Youth Movement Building.  

Continue to watch video recordings of the educational webinars and high-level events the collaborative has convened.


Shifting Power and Resources: Philanthropy’s Achievements & Challenges

High-Level Convening in Dubai at COP28

This high-level event explored the lessons, achievements and challenges from the Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative’s three-year learning journey shifting power and resources to those on the front lines of climate injustice.

Shifting Power and Resources: The role of grassroot movements in bridging the implementation gap for Just Transitions

High-Level Convening in Dubai at COP28

During this high level event, members of the Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative reflected and reported on their learnings and achievements over the past 3 years.

Held in collaboration with Youth Climate Justice Fund (YCJF) and Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) at Goals House.

Reconvening the Global South Youth Regranters Network

High-Level Convening in Dubai at COP28

At COP28 in Dubai we hosted our Global South Youth Regranters Network Reconvening Dinner, at which we reconnected with the participants of the retreat we held in Bonn in June 2023. 

We came together to share updates on the work that has been carried out over the last six months and to explore the ideas and opportunities to strengthen our collective work to shift power and resources to youth-led climate action in the Global South.

Building a Human Centered, Intersectional Climate Movement for People and Planet

UNFCCC High-Level Convening in Bonn at SB58

An inaugural Goals Night Out in Bonn, held alongside the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference SB58. Together Project Everyone and the Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative co-hosted an evening bringing together leading voices at the forefront of advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Stepping Up Support for A Just Transition: Updates and Perspectives from Philanthropy, Pioneers and Frontline Communities

High-Level Convening in Sharm El Sheikh at COP27

A high-level event exploring what is needed to support Just Transition in the Global South. We heard diverse perspectives from workers, youth, communities, researchers and practitioners as well as the cultural sector on what is needed to support intersectional, Paris-aligned initiatives to create safer, climate-just societies, and how philanthropy can and should be responding.

UNFCCC High-Level Hybrid Convening in Bonn at SB56

How might future COPs shift power and resources for climate justice and just transition in the Global South? What steps and strategies can we take to make big wins/gains in Sharm el-Sheikh?

Funding the Justice Reset from Glasgow to COP27 at COP26

High-Level Hybrid Convening in Glasgow at COP26

A high-level event bringing together vulnerable countries, climate justice and just transition donors, practitioners and activists seeking to discuss how philanthropy can better support a shift in power and resources taking into account the achievements and challenges ahead.


Empowering African Youth for the Fight Against Impacts of Climate Change

Building on the Global South Youth Regranters Network Retreat, the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), Southern Africa Youth Forum (SAYOF), and CJ-JT Donor Collaborative partnered to host a webinar that centered the voices of African youth in the run up to COP28. Together, we explored the youth of Africa’s role in the climate movement and their priorities on the work ahead.

Disability and Climate Justice:
How the Climate Crisis Impacts Disabled People And Why Amplifying Their Voice is Key for Climate Justice

This webinar delved into the real impacts of climate change on Disabled people around the world and assessed the current state of disability inclusion within climate policy and activism.

Moving the Money: What are the current challenges with directing and transferring funds to where it’s most needed and what can we do about it?

This webinar addressed some of the real and perceived obstacles to getting timely funding to the Global South, what this means for youth activists and frontline organisations, and how we can overcome these barriers by partnering with trusted intermediaries.

Beyond Philanthropy As Usual: How Might We Accelerate Climate Action Rooted In Justice?

Our CJ-JT fellows brought different perspectives across their work as climate activists in the Global South on how to shift philanthropy to fund and scale climate solutions rooted in justice.

Youth Movement Building: Can re-granters step up to address the gaps?

Youth and communities on the front lines of climate impacts are leading the intersectional movements needed to achieve a 1.5C world. Yet, their efforts are critically underfunded and undervalued. Current norms and structures are holding in place key challenges: there is not enough funding going to climate justice, and it is not reaching those who need it the most.

Racial Justice and the Decolonisation of Philanthropy

This webinar provided an opportunity for funders and climate justice champions to listen to and ask questions to Global Majority experts in the racial justice field to clarify some of the best practices needed to make racial injustice a thing of the past.

Centering Justice in Global Climate Finance Governance on the Road to COP27

Explore how the road to Sharm el-Sheikh can be an opportunity to improve the governance of international climate finance. Participants will leave the webinar with a better understanding of how international climate finance works in practice, including the challenges relating to the quality and quantity of current climate finance flows; 

How can Agroecology Deliver Climate Justice in Africa? A Farmer’s Perspective

A virtual roundtable bringing together African smallholder farmers from across the continent and international funders as well as other civil society organizations to learn about mutual perspectives and better understand key debates and practical needs of farmers towards addressing climate justice.

Re-imagining and Rebuilding the World: Indigenous Peoples and Energy Access

While representing only 5% of the global population, Indigenous Peoples make up a staggering one-third of the world’s 900 million extremely poor rural people. Given that the rural poor form the bulk of those without access to energy, Indigenous Peoples are a critical demographic that needs to be put at the centre of the global dialogue on energy if SDG 7

Climate Justice and Climate Finance

This discussion aims to generate actionable lessons on climate finance from across Climate Justice Resilience Fund’s unique portfolio. The session is intended as a space for generative discussion and reflection. We expect participants to gain exposure to new approaches and perspectives, and to offer honest feedback to one another in a spirit of shared learning.

Joshua Amponsem

Joshua Amponsem is a Ghanaian climate activist and Co-Director of the new Youth Climate Justice Fund initiative. He is the former Climate Lead at the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. He has over 8 years of experience working with young people on Climate Action, Disaster Risk, and Resilience Building. He founded Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), served as a member of the IRENA Global Council on Enabling Youth Action for SDG 7, and has been an Adaptation Fellow at the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). In the past two years, Joshua has focused on supporting grassroot youth-led organisations and is continuously engaged in the advocacy to shift climate philanthropy to youth and locally-led organisations. He has initiated locally-led projects like the Water for Adaptation, and Sustainable Communities Project in sub-Saharan Africa which is creating jobs for over 100 people and he is championing the establishment of Youth Climate Councils across the Global South.

Dominique Souris

Dominique Souris is a climate activist and impact strategist working at the intersection of climate justice, philanthropy and technology. She is the co-founder and Founding Executive Director of Youth Climate Lab (YCL), a global organisation accelerating youth-led climate ventures, policy ideas and community projects in over 77 countries. Dominique now supports the Climate Justice-Just Transition Donor Collaborative, advises climatetech companies, and explores new ways to deliver capital to climate solutions rooted in justice. She is also the co-founder of Queering Climate, a collaborative studio for new ideas connecting, supporting and celebrating queerness in climate spaces and beyond, and serves an advisor to the Oxford Future of Climate Cooperation Initiative, Board Member of a youth-to-youth climate fund, and member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. She has won national and global awards for her work, including Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders in Canada, Top 21 Founders to Watch, and Top 100 Visionary Leaders.

Sriranjini Raman

Sriranjini Raman is a seasoned climate justice organiser and is a core team member of Fridays for Future India. She is passionate about connecting youth to nature and creating opportunities for youth leadership in environmental policymaking. She created Pluriversity, a foundational climate justice course that empowers youth grassroots leaders. She represented Indian Youth at COP 26 and is interested in youth participation & resource mobilisation for climate justice. Sriranjini is completing her degree in Environmental Resource Studies & International Development at the University of Waterloo and is a Social Innovator at GreenHouse, a social impact incubator. She has worked with India’s biggest grassroots movements, not for profits, social enterprises, and impact firms on Intersectional Environmental Justice.

Chandelle O’neil

Chandelle is a Sustainable Energy Systems Designer and Human Rights Advocate in Trinidad and Tobago. Chandelle has Bachelor of Engineering (with distinction) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guelph and worked in process engineering for waste reduction and improving efficiencies. Having worked in human rights advocacy for over 10 years (since they came out) and currently volunteer with CAISO Sex and Gender Justice pushing the LGBTQ+ agenda in TT, Chandelle completed the Post-Grad Diploma in Global Leadership focusing on Regenerative Leadership from the University For Peace. 


Chandelle is a social entrepreneur with their own enterprise, Mawu Energy Services, that supports energy efficiency, sustainable design and resource management in residential and commercial buildings/ properties. They were a Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition Finalist in December 2020 and got bronze with UNLEASH Hacks Caribbean in June 2021.

Paloma Costa

Paloma Costa is a young climate-activist from Brasília, basis of Brazilian government, who has a Bachelor in Law and is finishing her studies in Social Science, both at the University of Brasilia. She is a researcher in the Juridical Clinic of Human Rights – Juridical Office for Ethnic and Cultural Diversity (JUSDIV). She’s legal advisor at Instituto Socioambiental, on social-environmental rights, including indigenous and traditional peoples, being responsible for bringing the youth perspective to the organization. From 2018-2020, she coordinated the Working Group of Climate in the youth-led organization Engajamundo and the brazilian youth delegations to COP24th, COP25th, UN LAC Climate-Week and #AmazonCenteroftheWorld. She co-created EduClima – a Climate Education Program for the Youth and the Youth Demands for the development of Brazil. She is a member of the Feminist Coalition for Climate Action at UN Women and as a member of the Abu Dhabi Youth Voices (#Super30), alongside 30 different Climate Activists from different parts of the Globe, she supported the UN Youth Envoy’s Officer on the delivery of the 1st UN Youth Climate Summit. On the same occasion, she participated in the opening of the Climate Action Summit, alongside the UN Secretary-General and the activist Greta Thunberg. She is also part of several networks and co-founded #FreeTheFuture movement and Ciclimáticos. She represented the NGO’s at the 43º session of the UN Humans Rights Council. She is a Youth Advisor to the UN Secretary-General as part of the UN SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Changes. She participated at COP 26, COY 16 and RCOY/LAC. In 2019, she was appointed as one of the 20 women that makes the difference in Brazil by  UOL. In 2020, she was appointed as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the climate agenda by Sachamama. And in 2021 she was recognized as one of the Climate Influencers by Época Negócios. She has been personally supporting indigenous youth initiatives, awareness and meaningful participation in decision making processes, as well as bringing Climate Education to the different spaces.

Bowen Gu

Bowen Gu is PhD researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Her research looks into coal and environmental justice in China and broader regions under the Belt and Road Initiative. She received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from Tsinghua University in China and her master degree from the Erasmus Mundus program in environmental sciences, policy and management (MESPOM) at Central European University and the University of Manchester. Besides her PhD, she has worked for almost 10 years in socially responsible and sustainable investment to support institutional investors integrate environmental and social issues, including climate and global health topics, in their engagement with companies.

Doreen Aluoch

Graduated with a degree in International Relations which acted as a strong foundation to developing my analytical and research skills and currently doing my masters in the same field. I have so far had experience in government and the private sector working or volunteering on issues related to peace, security, human rights and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). For the past four years, I have overseen or assisted in the implementation of maternal and child health programs in Nairobi, Meru and Kwale counties Kenya. I currently work in the humanitarian sector where I assist in systems change work in the aid sector, WASH and humanitarian programming.

Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes is a 20-year-old queer  Mexican climate and human rights activist with Fridays for Future MAPA and the Indigenous Futures Network in Mexico. She fights for a systemic and intersectional change that prioritizes the well-being of the most vulnerable communities in the face of the Climate Crisis. She is an international spokesperson and has collaborated with UNICEF to highlight the water scarcity in Mexico, and with UN Women and the Center of Feminist Foreign Policy to voice the intersection between the Climate Crisis and gender inequality. She sailed to the UN Climate Conference (COP26) with the Rainbow Warrior of Greenpeace last year, and has campaigned for fossil fuels divestment from banks, and for climate reparations.

Desouza Henry Nelson

Desouza Henry Nelson is a multifaceted creative, photographer, cinematographer, filmmaker, and graphic designer.


Desouza (he/him) uses graphics, photography and film to retell the single narrative of authentic African stories. He started his creative journey by replicating his visual environment, mainly through board games he created when he was a child. As he grew up, he took that unique perspective into, first, graphic design, then photography, and then film. 


He is passionate about using his arts to showcase the vulnerable, especially women and children – he has done that in collaboration with artists and international organisations. For example, as a Cinematographer, he has worked with UNICEF in postnatal care and adolescent programmes, he has worked with Bloomberg on their global road safety campaign in Ghana, the NFL scouting in Africa, Solidaridad, and the EU. He has worked with award-winning musicians in Ghana such as Manifest, Wiyaala, MzVee, Worlasi, Adomaa, and Ghana’s premier women fellowship programme for artists. Also, he has been the chief photographer, graphic designer, and filmmaker for the current second lady of Ghana.


Desouza’s latest project which is yet to be published highlights the works of organisations and individuals who are championing climate change awareness by  providing audacious, inventive, and practical climate solutions that uphold the rights of local communities and promote the systemic change required for our collective well-being.”

Mahfudh Khamisi Omar

Mahfudh is a 21-year climate activist, environmentalist and ocean conservationist from Mombasa Island, a coastal city in the Sub-Saharan African country of Kenya. He is a young professional and educator currently studying Diploma in Education in Emergencies under University of Nairobi to better understand how children and young people are affected by migration and displacement as a result of climate change and on how they can continue their education and access inclusive and quality learning that optimises retention and transition.


Coming from a country bordering the Western Indian Ocean and hosting the two largest refugee camps in Africa, Mahfudh clearly sees the impact of climate mobility and the vulnerability of those affected, who are yet to be universally accepted under existing international law. Mahfudh spearheads to involve his community in climate action and climate justice work through adaptation and mitigation methods.


Coming from the Global South, Mahfudh has partnered with local and international stakeholders in spotlighting the climate and ecosystem situation of Kenya. He has partnered with organisations including CJ-JT Donor Collaborative for the CJ-JT Fellowship, UNESCO-IOC and also serving in EarthEcho International’s Youth Leadership Council.

Margaret Impraim

Margaret Impraim is a climate change advocate who has been working within the youth climate movement in sub-Saharan Africa for the past three years. Providing voluntary support to multiple youth-led initiatives, she has accumulated practical experiences to the injustices faced by the youth due to climate vulnerability and structural inequalities. Currently, she works as the Capacity Building and Education Officer in the Youth Climate Council Ghana where she contributes to the meaningful inclusion of the youth in national and international climate decision-making processes. In her position, she leverages her experience in youth-government partnerships to provide guidance to youth movements in other countries who are seeking to work closely with diverse stakeholders to influence climate policy. She serves as the Conference Coordinator for LCOY Ghana and the Country Contact Point for COY 17, both events serving as precursors to COP 27

Máximo Mazzocco

Máximo Mazzocco. UNDP Generation 17 Global Ambassador. Founder of Eco House Global (an Action for Sustainability youth-led non profit with more than 30 ongoing projects at local, regional and global level, and many political achievements). Pangeist. Author of the best-seller “Apuntes de un ambientalista”. Coordinator in Youth4Climate. Co-organizer of the RCOY LAC. Youth International delegate and speaker. Declared as an “Outstanding Personality” by the Buenos Aires City and recognized with national and international awards. Environmental & SDG advisor to dozens of politicians and businessmen. Co-founder of several socio-environmental federations. He has an active presence in mainstream media. Primer mover in developing the School Network for Sustainable Development, the Environmental Library, (SocioEnvironmental Database), the SocioEnvironmental University, among other notable initiatives for spanish speakers. Cancer survivor who helps in related initiatives.

Andréia Coutinho Louback

Andréia Coutinho Louback is a journalist from PUC-Rio, with a Master’s degree in Ethnic-Racial Relations from CEFET/RJ and a Fulbright Alumni from the University of California, Davis. She is an expert in climate justice and recognized as one of the exponent voices in the debate of race, gender and class in the climate agenda in Brazil. She is an advisor to Casa Fluminense, Climate HUB (Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro City Hall and ActionAid. As part of the Humphrey Fellowship, she did a professional residency at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), located in New York, as an expert on climate justice. 

Sophia Kianni

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American activist studying climate science and health policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 9,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. She represents the U.S as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She sits on boards and advisory councils for The New York Times, World Economic Forum, Inkey List, Iris Project, JUV Consulting, Ashoka, and American Lung Association.

Archana Soreng

Archana Soreng, belongs to Khadia Tribe from Odisha, India. She is one of the seven members of the United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She is experienced in research and advocacy . She is a researcher and advocate working  on indigenous peoples and climate action, documenting and preserving and promoting the  traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous and local communities. She is also the board member of Land Rights Now. She is also the member of Indigenous Solidarity Working Group of YOUNGO ( Official children and youth Constituency of UNFCCC).