Giving Compass’ Take:
• Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors explores the concept of climate justice and how we can take action on conserving our environment while also protecting human rights.
• The main upshot is that climate justice must be transparent and equitable. How can we produce better frameworks to make sure the voices of all communities are heard?
In September 2017, four organizations convened a Climate Justice Funders Roundtable to explore opportunities to collaborate in support of rights-based, community-driven activities to address climate change. This event encouraged funders to explore intersections and begin to identify ways the philanthropic sector can have a transformative impact for those who face significant climate change impacts in their daily lives.
Climate justice is a framework for climate action that respects and protects human rights. Climate justice principles help ensure that climate policy development is transparent, participatory, and accountable, respects and protects human rights, and is gender sensitive. Moreover, climate change is a global development issue, and climate justice embodies both parts of a moral argument to act on climate change: being on the side of those who are suffering most, while also ensuring that they do not suffer again as the world takes action on climate change.
Climate-related funding has historically been segmented into mitigation and adaptation. Climate justice represents a frame with the potential to integrate adaptation and mitigation, link them to other sustainable development issues, and bring in a critical element — the human rights element — that is often missing from both.
The meeting ended by identifying upcoming moments when funders could gather again to continue the conversation in ways that foster building a community of practice.
Read the full article about climate justice from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
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