Climate Equity Series Part 1: Exposed & Closest - Climate Change, Poverty & Homelessness

Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), Hoi-Fei Mok
Posted on: 7/02/2019 - Updated on: 6/16/2023

Posted by

Lauren Lynch



NOTE: This content will be removed from CAKE by the end of 2023. Please visit the past virtual events on the National Adaptation Forum website.

This webinar focuses on the intersection of climate change, poverty, and homelessness, led by a "poverty Skola" from POOR Magazine, a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit, arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty. The poorest among us know that climate change exacerbates the challenge of the day to day. When people are already struggling to get by without shelter, clothing, or food in places hit by gentrification, displacement, and poverty, emergencies like wildfire or hurricanes will cause another crisis in impossible situations. Some may also be driven to poverty due to climate change and forced migration or become unhoused during climate crises. Access to scant resources for recovery is often complicated by immigration status, age, race, gender, disability, mental health, and other factors that impede the ability to get one’s paperwork in order. While these stories reveal the struggles faced by those living in poverty, they also demonstrate the community resilience and real solutions, beginning with redefining who is centered closest to the crisis of Mama Earth change aka Climate change and the concept of Poverty Scholarship itself, a poor people-led theory to redefine the voices of poor peoples in crisis as experts, rather than "subjects" of research to be talked about us without us. These are seen in the programs run by POOR Magazine called Homefulness. The Camp Fire in Paradise, CA will be used as a case study to discuss crisis points and homelessness, as well as solutions like Unselling Mama Earth, Radical Redistribution & land liberation projects like Homefulness.


  • Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork.
  • Dr. Hoi-Fei Mokm climate equity lead at ICLEI USA.

View webinar recording here.