The environmental impacts of the extractive economy have placed communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis across the globe. To eliminate the ongoing environmental harms and build towards a future where all communities live in a healthy neighborhood will require a total restructuring of our existing economic system. Reliance on fossil fuels, deregulation of ecological protections and environmental racism put the health, well-being and financial fate of low-income communities at risk, as temperatures and sea levels rise and natural resources diminish. We must empower the leadership of these communities, especially sovereign indigenous nations, through a just transition to a new system of clean, green, renewable industries. The financial actors behind the extractive economy must be held to account, paying reparations to the communities that have borne the brunt of environmental degradation.