What is climate justice?
“Climate justice” is a term, and a movement, that acknowledges that climate change can have differing social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts on underprivileged populations and is therefore an ethical and political issue rather than one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. Climate justice shifts our discourse on greenhouse gases and melting ice caps into a civil rights movement with the people and communities most vulnerable to climate impacts at its heart. “Climate change is happening now and to all of us. No country or community is immune and, as is always the case, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer and the worst hit.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.