Climate change is increasing global inequality. This working group is focussing on deepening our understanding of the social, economic and ecological inequalities affecting people in the Global South, and poor people across the world, and working with others to make global justice an integral part of stopping climate change. In order to build an inclusive movement, we believe that it is essential to recognise the legacy of colonialism and racism.
The impact of climate change is being felt most strongly in poor countries in the Global South, while it is rich countries in the Global North, who have produced the vast majority of CO2 emissions. Large corporations continue to plunder natural resources threatening livelihoods across the world, particularly those of indigenous people. There are growing numbers of climate refugees, as climate change is making life for people in certain parts of the world unsustainable and forcing them to leave their homes.
In March we organised outdoor events for UN Anti-Racism Day in Lewes and Seaford to protest and remember injustice disproportionally affecting people of colour across the globe.
We are organising a series of webinars about global climate justice. Two previous talks, The Case for Climate Justice, and Race Awareness, Exploring Racism in the UK, can be viewed on the Lewes Climate Hub website: https://lewesclimatehub.org/climate-justice. A talk on climate refugees by Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers is planned for the autumn.
We are also working with Peace Brigades International to promote a film about Latin American Land Defenders, In Defence of Our Lands, by Manu Valcarce. We are hoping to show the film in Lewes in the autumn and in Glasgow during COP26.