Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Climate Justice: Embracing a Just Transition from November 27-December 1, 2017.
As the urgency of climate change is recognized in policy circles around the world, activists are working to ensure that the transition to sustainable economies, communities, and futures will be inclusive and social justice driven. Formed from these concerns, the Just Transition movement is guided by a commitment to self-determination, ecological sustainability, and democratic governance within local communities. Abiding by the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing created in 1996, it emphasizes inclusiveness in developing environmentally conscientious policies and institutions, the importance of nourishing bottom-up mobilization, and a commitment to self-transformation. It is a movement dedicated to recognizing variations in social contexts and flexible responses to different community needs, keeping in mind that environmental injustices can affect any group that is at a perceived disadvantage, whether due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, lack of land ownership, geographic isolation, formal education, political power, or gender.
International mobilizations such as the peaceful anti-fracking movement in Ain Salah, Algeria and the Baram Dam Blockade in Sarawak State, Malaysia Borneo, both demonstrate the agency of localized citizen movements confronting resource exploitation and demanding protection of natural resources which threaten economic livelihoods. United States-based organizations like the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program and Movement for Black Lives are dedicated to addressing harmful environmental practices as violations of civil rights and are working to rectify these impacts by advancing a more sustainable, cooperative, and regenerative model of life. Utilizing diverse case studies that center the voices of marginalized groups and their efforts to integrate their role into context-specific articulations of the Just Transition movement, communities around the globe will have the opportunity to share how their individual movements are helping contribute to a transformative internal and external redefining of humanity’s relationship with the environment.
In this conversation, we seek to discuss the strategies used by activists and stakeholders for effective organizing towards just transitions and reimagine the role of inclusivity in sustainable futures.