Institutional responses to climate change have predominantly been about adapting to its impact. However, this approach places the burden on people and places at the margins, particularly in small island states in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, where climate change impacts continue to be catastrophic.
The CPF 2018 session Climate justice: an inequitable burden, sought to better understand what climate justice means for people experiencing climate change’s most adverse consequences and to explore how to transform the dominant narrative.
Climate justice goes beyond a technical account of the causes of climate change and acknowledges the legacy of displacement and expropriation that frontline countries have endured. It also examines the role that prevailing modes of production, exchange, and consumption play in exacerbating climate change.Download Commonwealth insights: climate justice
Photo Credit: Flickr CC Children play on a raft in Fiji