In 2018, Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exascerbate current inequalities.
What we found were inspiring and visionary struggles all over the continent, led by working class communities of colour, with people organising just transitions and just recoveries themselves. Now, you can see what we found in an 11 episode series.
Episode 4: Texas, where a year on from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, communities of colour in Houston and Port Arthur are still suffering from the impacts, with many unable to return home or find the money for repairs. But the lack of help has given rise to impressive grassroots movements that dealt with the initial problems of the flooding, organised to rebuild homes and combat industrial pollution, and are now pushing for a just recovery.
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