A Research Agenda for Climate Justice
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A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Edited by Paul G. Harris

Climate change will bring great suffering to communities, individuals and ecosystems. Those least responsible for the problem will suffer the most. Justice demands urgent action to reverse its causes and impacts. In this provocative new book, Paul G. Harris brings together a collection of original essays to explore alternative, innovative approaches to understanding and implementing climate justice in the future. Through investigations informed by philosophy, politics, sociology, law and economics, this Research Agenda reveals how climate change is a matter of justice and makes concrete proposals for more effective mitigation.
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Chapter 8: Social justice and ecological consciousness: pathways to climate justice

James S. Mastaler

Abstract

There are moral and social consequences to the collective failure to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. This failure to act has engendered fundamental injustices against the world’s poorest communities, necessitating transdisciplinary social justice responses grounded in the twin pillars of social equity and environmental responsibility, which, together, are the foundation of an emerging ecological consciousness. By closely attending to the development of ecological consciousness among individuals and across institutions, this chapter offers a programme for basic climate justice, with essential tasks to be implemented as soon as possible. Further, it offers a long-term vision of climate justice to extend the baseline programme as individual and institutional ecological consciousness grows. Social justice and ecological consciousness are necessary components of both the short- and long-term structural changes that will determine whether climate justice is possible.

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