Use these resources to educate yourself on this year’s UN Sunday theme, All in for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet. Included in this section are details about Climate Justice at the UN, Climate Justice and Unitarian Universalism, and suggested congregational actions to further climate justice. It’s an enormous topic and cannot be covered entirely in this packet, so further research is encouraged if you are interested in learning more about any one particular aspect or angle.
Why “Climate Justice”?
The term “climate justice” invites us to consider the climate crisis from the perspective of politics, social justice, and human rights, rather than simply a scientific, physical phenomenon. The fact of climate change has far more than meteorological implications: It will change the way that most species on Earth live. We recognize this as a justice issue because of the possibilities to organize and respond to the climate crisis in a way that prioritizes the needs of those people and communities that are most vulnerable. Rather than examining the scientific causes, impacts, and solutions, this year’s United Nations Sunday theme invites us to explore the human causes, impacts, and solutions.
What’s at stake?
We all know that the climate crisis is the most significant existential threat to our planet and all its inhabitants. What we don’t talk about as often is how that destruction will play out in real life. As with all crises, those who are most vulnerable, those who already experience the most discrimination, will be –already are – the first and most severely harmed by the effects of climate change. When we talk about acting for climate justice, we must prioritize the needs and leadership of those communities – indigenous communities, Black communities, immigrant communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQI and especially trans and non-binary people, youth, those who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness, and those who live in crowded, coastal, and/or low-lying areas.