What Is Climate Justice?
Climate justice includes a focus on the root causes of climate change and making the systemic changes that are therefore required, a commitment to address the disproportionate burden of the climate crisis on the poor and marginalized, a demand for participatory democracy in changing these systems which require dismantling the fossil fuel corporate power structure, and a commitment to reparations and thus a fair distribution of the world’s wealth (Peaceful Uprising). Around the world, we are seeing that communities of color live, work, or attend education near areas of environmental pollution such as power plants, highways, and high traffic roads. The long term implication of this exposure is worsened health conditions and limited access to general necessities such as healthy food or public services. As people of faith, we are taught that each person has intrinsic worth and value, and that it is our duty to stand among those who have faced oppression and fight against the oppressive systems that continue to persist in our modern world. ICEJ is currently fighting against environmental injustice brought upon inefficient transportation systems; more information is found on our Better Access, Better Air page.
The lag of justice for all persists even now, and our fight as people of faith is not over until the oppressors and oppressive systems have been undone.
Climate Justice & Faith
Most religions do not see the striving for wealth or status as the goal of life. Instead the goals of life:
- Service to some kind of higher good or divinity
- Service to fellow human beings
- Transcending material concerns including pursuit of wealth and status
- Compassion for the poor and marginalized