Climate justice: how did we get here?

This report summarises the first of three ‘dialogues’ on climate justice, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and JRF with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

What is climate justice, why does it matter and how should we respond?

This report summarises the first of three ‘dialogues’ on climate justice, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and JRF with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

Key points

  • The poorest people suffer most from climate change, are adversely affected by some policy responses, 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 affects 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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