• Posted on April 26th, 2022

Creative Climate Justice Guide

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Climate justice is the defining issue of our time. It reaches into every facet of our lives, from where we can live in safety, to what we eat and drink, to how deeply we can breathe.

In April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the final report of its sixth comprehensive review of climate change. The report – which focuses on mitigation of climate change – recognises that the historical and ongoing drivers of climate and environmental destruction lie in colonialism. This significant inclusion builds on what climate and environmental justice campaigners have known for decades: power structures which serve profit over the planet come at the expense of countless lives and ecosystems, and it is imperative that we centre justice, regeneration, and reparation in climate action.

To do this we need arts and culture to lead the way, telling braver stories about the systems dictating how we live, and the limitless possibilities for a better world. We need to work alongside scientists, activists, grassroots campaigners, frontline communities, youth, lawyers, farmers, architects, doctors, and policymakers to build creative, multifaceted and powerful movements for justice.

This collaborative spirit is the heart of what we are working on at Julie’s Bicycle. We recognise that climate justice might be a new or daunting concept, so we’re compiling a suite of resources, webinars, and guides to support you on your journey.

About our author

It is an honour to work with Harpreet Kaur Paul on this introductory guide to some of the key issues and challenges of climate and environmental justice.

Harpreet Kaur Paul has been dreaming, writing, and organising for collective liberation and freedom for as long as she can remember. She is a mum, human rights lawyer, climate justice PhD candidate and co-founder of Tipping Point UK.

Header image courtesy of Barranquilla+20, a youth and gender focused climate justice organisation in Colombia.

Find out more about our Creative Climate Justice Programme.

Watch the Creative Climate Justice introductory webinar, and our webinar exploring Loss and Damage.

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