Rihanna pledges $15 million to fight climate injustice across the US and the Caribbean

Author: Helen Greaves

Read Time:   |  30th January 2022

Pop star and beauty entrepreneur Rihanna has pledged $15 million to 18 climate justice organisations across the US and the Caribbean.

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), which was founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honour of her grandparents, has pledged $15 million to fund 18 grassroots organisations on the frontlines of climate justice. 

The commitment has been made in partnership with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative, #startsmall.

The group is focused on elevating, funding, and supporting groups that are seen as being more at risk of injustice after climate disasters, such as those led by women, LGBTQIA+, and black or indigenous communities, along with others on the frontline of the climate justice movement. 

Organisations partnered with the CLF include the Black Feminist Fund, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, The Caribbean Climate Justice Project, and The Solutions Project.

CLF said in a statement on its website: “Climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally. 

“Under-resourced countries, communities of color, and island nations are facing the brunt. 

“To combat this inequity, funders must build partnerships with organizations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities.”

The organisation encourages others to join them in reimagining their reactive approach to disasters and to support those most equipped to address climate justice. 

Is Rihanna vegan?

As well as campaigning for climate justice through her organisation, CLF, Rihanna has also engaged in many other philanthropic and social justice movements, including covid-19 relief and donations to victims of domestic violence in lockdown. 

She has also dipped her toe into creating vegan-friendly products. 

In 2020, the singer released a line of vegan-friendly skincare products under her label, Fenty skin. 

Earlier that year she had launched FENTY Faux Leather Capsule, featuring stylish outerwear pieces made from vegan leather.

However, the star is not vegan, and is even known to enjoy wearing clothing made from real fur, despite a growing public contempt for the cruel practices involved in its production.

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Written by

Helen Greaves

Helen has been vegan since 2018 and has a background in vegan food marketing and social media. She's mother to a mischief of rats, and loves to spend her spare time making vegan cakes and bakes.

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