Favianna Rodriguez

In their work, artists often portray the challenges facing their communities – and increasingly, those struggles include climate change and pollution.

Rodriguez: “The people who most suffer from environmental impacts are poor people, people of color, indigenous people.”

That’s Favianna Rodriguez of the nonprofit CultureStrike. By supporting and sharing art from these communities, her group helps elevate voices from the front lines of climate change.

For a project called “We Are The Storm,” CultureStrike commissioned prints from more than 20 migrant artists and artists of color. Each portrayed the work of a different community-based environmental organization.

In one image, Native Americans protest a gas pipeline on tribal lands. In another, a family stands under plumes of smoke from a power plant. Some prints share words of resilience, such as “we are all in this together” and “we are strong.”

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Rodriguez says the climate movement often lacks diversity, so her group highlights the environmental work of poor and minority communities.

Rodriguez: “I want to change what people see and just encourage people to see things differently. We need all people affected at the table.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Eileen Mignoni

Eileen Mignoni is a South Florida-based visual journalist who has been working on stories about science, the environment, and energy for nearly 10 years. In addition to her work at Yale Climate Connections,...