Climate ambitions must involve people. Like it or not, climate change is happening now and already affecting communities and livelihoods. Tackling the climate crisis is not just an ecological necessity, but also a social justice issue and a matter of survival for the worst affected who are facing extreme weather conditions and perennial calamities. We need Climate Justice.
The aim of Climate Justice is to deliver fair, inclusive and sustainable solutions to people who are suffering the effects of the climate crisis while addressing the root causes of climate change.
The climate crisis is caused by a broken economic system that is blind to the welfare of people and to our fragile environment. Unfair trading systems and unethical business practices that dominate our global economy are spreading inequality and causing climate and ecological breakdown.
Profit by overproduction is the dominant economic model of most conventional businesses. Mass production of goods has led to the dependence on burning fossil fuels that is causing large amounts of carbon and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Amassing the global market with consumer goods has also led to waste and pollution crises. As a result, we are facing a global ecological breakdown that is threatening our very survival. The environmental challenges are already impacting communities and endangering the sustainability of livelihoods of producers. Yes, we are all affected, but the marginalised communities who are least responsible for the climate problem are suffering the most.
FRESH SOLUTIONS NEEDED
In these challenging times of the pandemic and climate crises, the need for innovative solutions has never been greater. We need real alternatives that save our planet and ensure all of us can live in dignity. The ethical movement unites with innovations to address our pressing social and environmental challenges.
The pandemic, lockdowns and extreme weather conditions are widening the gap of inequality. The worst affected are already feeling the pain. Farmers, artisans, workers and the vulnerable in our society are now coping with the impact. Fresh solutions are needed now.
The Fair Trade, organic, social enterprise, cooperative and social solidarity and economy movements are joining forces to rally the public in calling for climate and social justice on World Fair Trade Day.
Addressing the climate crisis is not just about how much carbon we are emitting. Climate actions and goals must also respond to the needs and suffering of people, especially those who are badly hit by climate change.
It is a matter of Climate Justice. In its broadest sense, justice is about people receiving what they rightfully deserve. This must happen within the means of our living planet. We deserve to live in a world where equity and sustainability is enjoyed by everyone, an economy where no one is left behind. We can do it.