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  • Print publication year: 2014
  • Online publication date: June 2014

Appendix D - Declaration on Climate Justice

Summary

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Article 1, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Our vision

As a diverse group of concerned world citizens and advocates, we stand in defense of a global climate system that is safe for all of humanity. We demand a world where our children and future generations are assured of fair and just opportunities for social stability, employment, a healthy planet and prosperity.

We are united in the need for an urgent response to the climate crisis – a response informed by the current impacts of climate change and the science that points to the possibility of a global temperature increase of 4°C by the end of this century. The economic and social costs of climate impacts on people, their rights, their homes, their food security and the ecosystems on which they depend cannot be ignored any longer. Nor can we overlook the injustice faced by the poorest and most vulnerable who bear a disproportionate burden from the impacts of climate change.

This reality drives our vision of climate justice. It puts people at the centre and delivers results for the climate, for human rights, and for development.Our vision acknowledges the injustices caused by climate change and the responsibility of those who have caused it. It requires us to build a common future based on justice for those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and a just transition to a safe and secure society and planet for everyone.