Justine Calma

Justine Calma is Grist’s justice fellow.

Black women environmental leaders

4 Black Women Leaders on Climate, Justice, and the Green ‘Promised Land’

Black leaders have long been pioneers in protecting communities and the environment — from Harriet Tubman, who in the mid-1800s used her knowledge of the natural world to guide escaped slaves north, to landfill protesters in Warren County, North Carolina in 1982 who galvanized the modern environmental justice movement.

February 28, 2019

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is Here, and Everyone has Something to Say About it

Early indications are the plan has managed to thread the needle and get a lot of folks in the environmental movement on board — even those who might have been wary about what the proposal would entail.

February 11, 2019

Green New Deal

Something Old, Something New

The Green New Deal is being promoted as a progressive beacon of a greener America, promising jobs and social justice and a shift away from fossil fuels.

January 10, 2019

Green roofs graphic

Heat Check

Improving cooling center signage and generally making the facilities more inviting is part of New York City’s $106-million “Cool Neighborhoods” plan, launched last year to mitigate the health risks of extreme heat.

July 17, 2018

Between Trump and a Devastated Place

Seven months after Juan and Jonathan Leija were forced to evacuate their flooded homes during Hurricane Harvey, the cousins face challenges that go beyond just recovering their lives. Building back isn’t easy for anybody, but the Leijas are doing it as looming policy decisions threaten to uproot them again.

April 25, 2018

How New York City is Tackling a Mental Health Crisis Spurred by Hurricane Sandy

Five years after Sandy hit, the rate of adult psychiatric hospitalizations on the Rockaway Peninsula is nearly double that of New York City as a whole. To address the ongoing crisis, the city’s health department is working with a local community group to connect residents with preventative care and fill in the gaps in neighborhoods where a warming climate is likely to bring more Sandy-like storms and strain limited public health resources.

January 5, 2018