At the Ecology Action Centre, we strive to recognize and incorporate social justice issues and action in all our efforts. In terms of climate change, we recognize that not all people are affected by climate change equally. In fact, those who are already marginalized by society are affected the most. By working for climate justice, we aim to counter the social justice issues created by climate change, and to mitigate the effects of climate change in ways that also promote and enhance social justice.
What is climate justice?
Our global society distributes wealth and resources unevenly, based on class, gender, ethnicity, race, orientation, identity, religion, and geography. As a result of this, certain people’s lives and livelihoods are unjustly valued more highly than others’. Specifically, large fossil fuel companies are often given an unfair level of power and influence in political, economic, and social decision making. Likewise, the people who are affected by these decisions are often excluded from influencing them. This gap is one of the main causes of climate change, and it is also a major barrier to climate solutions. Therefore, at the same time as we are working to address climate change, we must also address the basic inequalities and injustices in our societies. They are not separate issues, but deeply connected, and must be addressed together. This is what it means to work for climate justice.
Ecology Action Centre’s Statement on Climate Justice
The impacts of climate change on ecosystems and species around the world are well documented. However, climate change is not just an environmental issue. Climate change is first and foremost a human issue. The causes, consequences, and solutions of climate change are interwoven with specific geographic, social, economic, and political conditions that are relevant locally and globally. These conditions make some populations and social groups more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Indigenous people, people who receive a low income, racialized people, people with different physical abilities, children and elderly people, people of certain religious beliefs, women, people living in socially or geographically vulnerable places, people living subsistence based lifestyles, and future generations will be particularly affected by impacts of climate change such as drought, floods, extreme weather events, and reduced food and water security. As these defining features are often overlapping and compounding, certain people and populations can be vulnerable to climate change in different ways.
Social justice is as much a pillar of confronting climate change as are scientific understanding, ecological awareness, indigenous ways of understanding, behavioural and technological solutions, and environmentally sensitive public policy.
The Ecology Action Centre confronts climate change every day with its projects and campaigns. By working for climate justice, we address the need to recognize and incorporate social justice issues and action into all our efforts. In this way, we aim to counter the social justice issues created by climate change and mitigate the effects of climate change in ways that also promote and enhance social justice.
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