Over 200 civil society groups from more than 50 countries around the world have now endorsed IfE’s “International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy.” (READ & SIGN). The Call focuses attention on the relationships between climate change and socioeconomic inequalities.
Climate change disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized people and communities. Inequality promotes unsustainable over-consumption by making it socially acceptable for some people to have far more than others, and by tying consumption to social status. Finally, by eroding trust and creating social fragmentation, inequality blocks cooperation and joint problem-solving between communities and nations.
The Statement, which will be circulated to climate negotiators and news media, calls on nations and multilateral institutions to make inequality and injustice a central element of the COP 21 climate accords and subsequent policies. Join us and sign on!