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Climate Justice and Equity Network

Climate Justice and Equity Network

Climate Justice and Equity Network

We serve the global community of scholars and practitioners who are researching or working at the intersection of justice and climate change.

A large number of people and organizations are working in this area, but there are limited ways for to find each other and learn from each others work, efforts and insights.

Our network helps people connect in two ways:

Climate equity community listserv

The climate equity (CLIM_EQ) listserv focuses on all aspects of the intersection of inequality and justice with that of climate change. Participants are encouraged to post announcements of workshops, conferences, or calls for proposals; publicize events or achievements; advertise recently published works in either the academic and practitioner realm; form collaborations; and share ideas with others.

Subscribe to the Climate equity community listserv.

Climate justice and equity workshop

In May 2017 the , the , and the at Arizona State University will host a workshop to kick-start a global community of scholars and practitioners working on climate justice and equity. This workshop will result in a series of one-page briefs laying out a range of topics people think are important to work on.

View information on climate justice and equity workshop.

What should climate justice research and practice focus on?

This was the question we put out to the global community in the spring of 2017. We solicited one page briefs that outlined ideas from researchers and practitioners about what kinds of questions and efforts are needed to further develop work anywhere within the intersection of justice and climate change.

Authors of the briefs were asked if their contributions could be shared publicly and here are the results. Feel free to contact the authors if any of the ideas spur ideas about collaboration, and please recognize them by citing them appropriately in any work. We recommend that citations follow this format: Author. 2017. “Title.” Unpublished research proposal presented at the First Climate Justice and Equity Network Workshop. Bonn, Germany, May.

Equity in transformational change and decarbonization pathways

In this session, we will discuss the justice issues that emerge specifically when considering decarbonization pathways and mitigation policies. This includes questions of just transition, technical and ethical challenges of particular pathways, and questions about how to ‘build in’ justice when designing or implementing mitigation policies.

Equity under the UNFCCC and in global institutions

This session focuses on the challenge of structuring institutions capable of facilitating justice while addressing climate policy needs. The briefs included to kick-start this session include focus on design proposals, critiques or considerations of specific institutions within and beyond the UNFCCC.

Local justice and equitable adaptation

Many key issues of justice occur at the local level, either within adaptation responses or within locally based land-use or mitigation policies. In this session we focus explicitly on the intersection of justice with climate policies at the local level.

Equity paradigms in the context of climate change

Some have suggested that movements towards justice require overarching shifts that extend beyond specific institutions, jurisdictions or scales. Broad paradigms about justice generally, or about what “the problem is”, shape how people have come to think about what climate justice is and what it requires. What paradigms offer potential improvements for achieving justice in the context of climate change? What would this look like and how do we get there?

Social, political, and cultural responses to climate justice

The politics of justice, as well as broader social and cultural ideas and claims about justice have become central in developing effective and just climate policies and institutions, and in contributing to broader processes of social change. This session will examine existing knowledge and frameworks for understanding how such processes work in the climate context to either promote or impede justice concerns.