Activists say climate justice is the new climate action. Here’s what that means — and how to switch.
The people who are most responsible for climate change are least impacted by it, and those who are most impacted have contributed the least to creating the crisis. If social impact organizations’ climate action doesn’t take this into account, it’s not only tone-deaf, but it’s ineffective.
Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats to humanity — and all organizations, including those in the non-profit sector, contribute to it. Overcoming this crisis will require a willingness to consider energy efficiency a priority, even among organizations who don’t typically do environmental advocacy.
The global financial system is ill-equipped for the systemic change required to weather the climate crisis. Canadian philanthropy must consider ways of investing in complementary projects that produce not only fiscal returns, but also long-term resilience and community benefits.
Climate change will (and has already begun to) have vast implications on the social impact world. From rising food insecurity to homelessness to poor health, a range of gaps NGOs are working to close will be widened by the changing climate. To address this interconnected crisis, organizations across the social sector need to get on the same page.
Defending the climate during COVID-19: The trials and tribulations of five climate justice organizations
Climate change is the gravest existential issue our planet is currently facing. But the COVID-19 pandemic is our most urgent crisis at the moment, one that threatens news coverage of the climate crisis and the organizations fighting it. How they adapt will be critical to fighting climate change for years to come.
Countless studies show that climate change disproportionately impacts women. Despite this, gender issues are often left out of climate action discussions. For Andrea Dicks, President of Community Foundations of Canada, the only way to achieve our climate goals is through collaboration—and that includes equality on all fronts.