This is a moment of intense struggle and fragile hope. Humanity is at a crossroads marked by economic collapse, corporate takeover of political processes, devastating wars and violence of all kinds. At the center of these crises looms the spectre of climate change, threatening our very existence.
The good news is that people all over the world are linking hands, both in real and virtual spaces, to stand up to the economically and politically powerful one percent who are causing the degradation of life. They are coming together in a network of hope and action that many are calling the Global Climate Justice Movement.
At this network’s core is the principle of climate justice: the desire that all humans claim responsibility for our impact on the world’s climate, so that communities may reclaim their rights to “live well” with healthy, creative lives rather than to simply “live better” or consume more, and that together we construct a future based on equity, deep democracy, and cooperation. This involves unlocking the creativity of every Earth citizen to re-imagine the world in which we live in order to make way for new possibilities.
The Climate Justice Project is a team of scholars and activists from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The project consists of several intertwined activities. We attended the COP 19 climate talks in Warsaw and are producing a film, Not Yet the End of the World that focuses on the actions and visions of the young activists of the climate justice movement for use in schools, community settings, and in movement organizations. We also edited a free of cost e-book, At the COP, based on interviews with youth activists.
On May 10th, 2014, We hosted a conference, Re-Imagining Climate Justice, at our home institution, the University of California, Santa Barbara. This gathering served as a space for envisioning ways to help make the many struggles for climate justice stronger and more creative as they scale up their efforts.
Several members of The Climate Justice Project will be present at the COP21 in Paris this year.
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