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Climate justice activist Mikaela Loach: “When you make people the problem, the solution is less people. That’s horrible”

Scottish medical student Mikaela Loach is a leading global voice in the fight for climate justice — viewing global warming not as an isolated problem, but one deeply connected to racism and wealth inequality

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Climate justice activist Mikaela Loach

Climate justice activist Mikaela Loach

Climate justice activist Mikaela Loach

When Mikaela Loach first became interested in environmental issues, she made all the lifestyle changes we’re told to do to save the planet: she went vegan, boycotted fast fashion and cut out plastic. At the same time, she was involved in migrant rights and anti-racism organising in the UK, yet she saw the issues as very much separate.

I don’t remember when the ‘ah-ha’ moment happened, but at some point, I was introduced to this idea of climate justice, which sees these connections between the climate crisis and justice issues,” the 23-year-old says from her home in Edinburgh. “The climate crisis is a justice issue because it will cause — and it is already causing — the greatest displacement of people worldwide and it is a refugee-rights issue because of that.”


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