Climate justice: how did we get here?: summary

Document type
Summary
Corporate author(s)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 June 2014
Subject(s)
Community Development and Regeneration
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Climate change is not only an environmental issue: it encompasses human rights, social justice and development. This report summarises the first of three ‘dialogues’ on climate justice, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and JRF with the participation of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, held in May 2014. 

Key points:

  • Climate justice expressly links climate change with social justice, highlighting that the poorest people suffer most from a changing climate, are adversely affected by some policy responses to climate change, and are often excluded from decision-making processes. 
  • Climate justice provides an important framework for considering issues of environmental challenges and equalities – but it has a low public and political profile. 
  • Discussion of climate justice is particularly timely because of the importance of the United Nations climate change negotiations in 2015 and the drafting of the post- 2015 global sustainable development goals. 
  • Climate justice is a global issue, affecting the poorest communities in the UK as well as those in the global south. 
  • Scotland is leading the way within the UK in putting climate justice on the agenda.

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