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The Elephant in the Room Environmental Racism in Germany Studies, knowledge gaps, and their relevance to environmental and climate justice

The term “environmental racism” emerged in the 1980s in the USA and articulates the racist effects of unequal distribution of environmental goods and risks. Environmental racism was also first addressed in Germany at this time. In light of the climate crisis, a new generation of people experiencing racism is asking whether and how climate change impacts reinforce the efficacy of environmental racism. Yet environmental racism is almost entirely unexplored in Germany. This brief study asks what this means for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Germany.