KBLA Climate Justice Campaign


Caring about the community. Caring about the climate. Convening the conversations.

Why Climate Justice?

Climate justice is at the intersection of human and civil rights, as well as environmental and social justice.
People most adversely impacted by climate disasters are in Black and communities of color globally.
Black-owned and operated national media company, KBLA Talk 1580, will reclaim the climate justice narrative. The time is now!

Key Pillars and Objectives

KBLA Climate Justice Campaign

Center the voices of communities of color in the climate conversation

Center the voices of communities of color in the climate conversation

Connect at-risk fellow citizens with advocacy organizations

Connect at-risk fellow citizens with advocacy organizations

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Increase climate health literacy

climate justice crusaders of color

Highlight frontline climate justice crusaders of color


By investing more than $2 million and executing a 12-month campaign with key partners


Climate-themed broadcasts and special programming over the next 12 months

Community Events

Free quarterly community events in Los Angeles


Two nationally televised town halls broadcast live from Los Angeles


A savvy social media and robust marketing campaign


Public and Private Partnerships across the city, county, state, and nation

Sierra Club
California Community Foundation
The California Endowment
Curren Price
The California Wellness Foundation
The Metro Water District
South Coast AQMD

Past Events

Black History Month Luncheon

As we continue to journey on our Climate Justice Campaign, we held our annual Black History Month Luncheon which honored Climate Justice Champions; Aerin Monroe, Leah Thomas, Dr. Robert Beckford, and WaWa Gatheru.

The event was a celebration of KBLA Talk 1580’s dedication and commitment to raising awareness and advocating for environmental sustainability in the Black community. Hosted at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, KBLA Talk 1580 host and chief visionary officer, Tavis Smiley, invited Shakari Byerly, managing partner and principal researcher at EVITARUS, Inc. to share key findings from KBLA Talk 1580’s recent survey of 500 Black Angelenos to get their perspectives on the fight for climate justice.

Environmental and community activists, dignitaries, and guests were treated to a delicious lunch, entertainment by Maestro the Vocalinist, and a rousing close from noted philosopher, Dr. Cornel West.


Meet the Honorees

Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru

Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru

Founder and Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist

Wawa Gatheru is a GenZ climate activist passionate about cultivating a climate movement that is made in the image of all of us. In 2019, Wawa made history as the first Black person in history to receive the Rhodes, Truman, and Udall scholarships.


Leah Thomas

Founder of Intersectional Environmentalist and Author

Leah is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and a cluster in Comparative World Religions. She has interned with the National Park Service and has worked at leading green companies, including eco-friendly soap company Ecos and outdoor retailer Patagonia.


Dr. Robert Beckford

Professor and Director, Institute of Climate and Social Justice, Winchester University

Robert Beckford (PhD) is the Director of Winchester University’s Institute for Climate and Social Justice. Beckford is also a Professor of Black Theology at the Queen’s Ecumenical Foundation in Birmingham and a Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Vu University in Amsterdam.

Institute for Climate and Social Justice

Aerin Monroe

Co-Founder & Co-Director Pathways of Purpose

With a horticultural, natural landscaping, and organic farming background, Aerin’s work is focused on Afro-Indigenous land practices and stewardship, climate and environmental justice, sustainable food systems, regenerative agriculture, ecosystem restoration, and land/food sovereignty for BIPOC communities.


Climate Justice Survey


500 Black/African American Likely Voters

Click here to view the survey