What is Climate Justice?

Climate Justice is a global movement to redress the material inequities created by climate change. A form of environmental justice, climate justice demands the fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination, and requires the creation of policies and projects that address the systems which cause climate change and perpetuate discrimination.*

It turns out that only a handful of countries are responsible for generating the greenhouse gas pollution responsible for global warming. Those countries are the United States, Japan, Australasia, and the European nations.  The Climate Justice movement asserts that these nations are ethically obliged to underwrite the efforts of poor countries, mainly in the Global South, to mitigate the effects of global warming. Those who are least to blame for causing global warming—Latin America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia—not only stand to suffer the worst from climate change, but also have the least resources to invest in preparing their countries for the excruciatingly difficult decades ahead.

Only solutions that privilege the needs and concerns of Indigenous peoples and people of color, who are impacted first and worst by climate change, make sense in a climate justice context.

*Adapted from the Mobilization for Climate Justice.


To learn more about climate justice, explore the following links:

Global Justice Ecology Project - What is Climate Justice?

Climate Justice Alliance - Manifesto

World Resources Institute - Working Paper on Climate Justice (PDF)

  • Colin Murphy
    published this page in About 2015-06-19 06:48:23 -0700