Girl with family goat herd, Mongolia: Courtesy of Bayarmaa Baljinnyam

Water for sale on the streets of Manila, Philippines: Courtesy of DAMPA

Women in Gwero village, Kayunga District, Uganda: Courtesy of MRFCJ

Farmers near the village of Mamoury (Local Land Convention): Courtesy of Alima Mamadou

Cyclone Phailin, India's East Coast: Courtesy of Jaime Huffman, University of North Carolina

"Climate change is not only affecting our own lives, but will continue to affect the lives of generations to come."
-- Augustine Njamshi, Cameroon Watch Video

"When we talk about climate change we better think about its change of the livelihood of the people who are dependent on the natural resources. They’re living with daily thoughts about the future of their children."
-- Batkhishig Baival, Mongolia Watch Video

"We depend on agriculture to get all the basic needs, but climate change has stopped all that. The poverty level is rising because of climate change."
-- Constance Okollet, Uganda Watch Video

"Because of climate change, the rainy season is unpredictable… Our everyday life has changed."
-- Josephine Castillo, the Philippines Watch Video

Meet Climate Justice Leaders

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ACHIEVING CLIMATE JUSTICE

A greater imagination of the possible is vital to achieve a just and sustainable world. We can achieve climate justice through focussing on 6 priority pathways...

Giving Voice

The world cannot respond adequately to climate change unless people and communities are at the centre of decision-making at all levels – local, national and international.

By sharing their knowledge, communities can take the lead in shaping effective solutions. We will only succeed if we give voice to those most affected, listen to their solutions, and empower them to act.

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A Way to Grow

There is a global limit to the carbon we can emit while maintaining a safe climate and it is essential that equitable ways to limit these emissions are achieved.

Transforming our economic system to one based on low-carbon production and consumption can create inclusive sustainable development and reduce inequality.

As a global community, we must innovate now to enable us to leave the majority of the remaining fossil fuel reserves in the ground – driving our transition to a climate resilient future.

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Investing in the Future

A new investment model is required to deal with the risks posed by climate change – now and in the future, so that intergenerational equity can be achieved. Policy certainty sends signals to invest in the right things.

By avoiding investment in high-carbon assets that become obsolete, and prioritizing sustainable alternatives, we create a new investment model that builds capacity and resilience while lowering emissions.

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Commitment & Accountability

Achieving climate justice requires that broader issues of inequality and weak governance are addressed both within countries and at a global level. Accountability is key.

It is imperative that Governments commit to bold action informed by science, and deliver on commitments made in the climate change regime to reduce emissions and provide climate finance, in particular for the most vulnerable countries.

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Rule of Law

Achieving climate justice requires that broader issues of inequality and weak governance are addressed both within countries and at a global level. Accountability is key.

It is imperative that Governments commit to bold action informed by science, and deliver on commitments made in the climate change regime to reduce emissions and provide climate finance, in particular for the most vulnerable countries.

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Transformative Leadership

Climate change will exacerbate the vulnerability of urban and rural communities already suffering from unequal protection from the law.

In the absence of adequate climate action there will be increased litigation by communities, companies and countries. International and national legal processes and systems will need to evolve and be used more imaginatively to ensure accountability and justice.

Strong legal frameworks can provide certainty to ensure transparency, longevity, credibility and effective enforcement of climate and related policies.

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