An Overview

The movement for climate justice frames the climate crisis as an ethical, social, environmental and political issue, rather than one that is purely scientific or physical. An important principle of climate justice is that those who are least responsible for climate change are the first and worst affected by its impacts.

Climate justice is not a singular issue. It is deeply tied to land justice, water justice, environmental justice, disability and racial justice. In addition to measuring carbon emissions and temperature data, we must relate the effects of climate change to systemic inequality, the legacy and continuation of Colonialism, human rights and the rights of nature, Capitalism and the historical responsibilities for emissions.

In this toolkit section, we share resources and educational tools to help you understand how these deeply complex and nuanced issues intersect.

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Creative case studies

The Great Derangement

The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh examines our society's collective inability to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.

Rise: From One Island to Another

Poets Kathy Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna collaborated on poem Rise: From One Island to Another, highlighting the disastrous effects of climate change on their homes in Greenland and the Marshall Islands.

Hot Take

Hot Take is a podcast taking an intersectional, critical, but constructive look at climate coverage. Hosted by climate writer Mary Heglar and climate journalist Amy Westervelt.

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Intersectional Environmentalist

A platform for resources and information to support an intersectional approach to environmentalism.

The Principles of Environmental Justice

The Principles of Environmental Justice were developed by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held in Washington DC, in 1991. They are a defining set of guidelines for the environmental justice movement.

Global Witness

An organisation campaigning to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system.

Stop Ecocide

This campaign aims to make Ecocide - the mass damage or destruction of ecosystems - a crime under international law.

Gender CC

Gender CC is a directory of resources exploring the ties between gender inequality and climate injustice

The Environmental Justice Atlas

An interactive tool documenting and cataloguing global conflict around environmental issues.

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein is an author who has written extensively about climate change and it's ties to Capitalism in her books This Changes Everything, The Battle For Paradise, and On Fire.

Climate in Colour

Resources, articles and videos exploring the connection between climate science and social justice

Dr Vandana Shiva

Dr Vandana Shiva has written more than 20 books covering topics including agro-ecology, ecofeminism, biodiversity, biopiracy and food sovereignty.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Teachings of Plants

Indigenous author Robin Wall Kimmerer explores botany through Native American traditions and it's relationship to Western science.

Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology

T J Demos explores how artists and activists have utilised culture for climate justice.


Drilled is a "true-crime" podcast about climate change.