In her TEDxNCHLondon talk, Molly Lipson draws on her experience as a writer and activist for prison abolition, anti-racism and justice to underline that the multiple crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are a reflection of the wider realities of the climate crisis. Molly argues that the term ‘climate justice’ goes beyond the physical impacts of climate change, and focuses on the social, political and economic impacts of this crisis. Molly’s TEDxNCHLondon talk crucially underlines that climate justice groups must engage with the inherent interconnectedness of racism with capitalism — how we must engage with racism within a climate contact and climate within the context of race. Acknowledging this connection and having these conversations will lead to a more complete and accurate engagement not only with the inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also with the wider climate crisis. Molly is an activist for the abolition of the prison industrial complex in the US, and has a specific interest in the death penalty. She looks at the climate crisis through the lens of racial capitalism and will be exploring this and what it means to be in a time of a crisis within a crisis in her TEDxNCHLondon talk. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

This is the Crisis | Molly Lipson | TEDxNCHLondon