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Our unjust economic system is driving climate breakdown

For millions of people around the world, climate change is a crisis which has already arrived. Many of those people have made virtually no contribution to climate change, while just 100 multinational corporations are responsible for 71% of carbon emissions.

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Power to the people

To get the urgent action we need on climate change, the climate justice movement needs to build a counterweight to the huge power of corporations. A zero carbon economy will also have to be one which is more democratic and which builds solidarity with those at the forefront of climate breakdown.

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COP26 climate talks

The next United Nations climate talks (the Conference of Parties, or COP) will place in Glasgow 1-12 November 2021 (postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus). As part of a broad civil society coalition, we're making plans to mobilise around the summit and to help ensure that the voices of those most affected by the climate emergency are heard.

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Join our climate justice network

Our nationwide network of climate activists meets regularly to share updates on our climate campaigning and devise resources to promote climate justice. As well as helping to build the climate justice movement, our aim is to highlight the impact of the global economic system on the climate emergency, including the danger of free trade deals and how development funds are being used to finance fossil fuels.

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How trade deals are fuelling climate breakdown

The US-UK trade deal isn’t just a threat to our food standards and public services, it’s also a threat to our world. The whole model of corporate globalisation that drives international trade today is a major cause of climate breakdown. At Global Justice Now, we see campaigning on trade and climate as interconnected.

South African movements are building a Climate Justice Charter from below

Despite a temporary dip in carbon emissions due to the coronavirus pandemic, scientific calculations shows that it is highly likely that 2020 will still be the world’s hottest year on record.

Climate actions should not be postponed due to Covid-19, both crises are threats to us all

The novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has shown us how interconnected we are and how fragile the global economic system is. Since its first identification in Wuhan, China in mid-December last year, the virus has spread rapidly to almost every county in the world and become a pandemic.

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Campaign group Global Justice Now has condemned new revelations of the UK government putting aid money into fossil fuel projects overseas. Revelations in CDC Group's annual report mean £668m of UK aid has financed fossil fuels overseas since Paris Agreement.

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A sixth development secretary in five years speaks volumes about the government’s lack of interest in fighting global poverty.

Campaign group Global Justice Now lambasted the free trade policies of Boris Johnson today, claiming they represent both a threat to Britain’s public services and food system, and have brought runaway climate change a step closer. 

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The Case for Climate Justice: illustrated booklet

June 2020

Climate breakdown isn’t just an ecological crisis, serious though that is. It’s a crisis which exacerbates much of the inequality and injustice of the economic system it’s rooted in. But like climate change, economic systems are man-made. 

This booklet argues that by building a climate justice movement that challenges the powerful, we can make a world where the needs of people and the planet matter more than corporate profits.

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Decarbonising aid: why the UK must end its overseas fossil fuel financing before COP26

June 2020

Under the terms of the Paris Agreement, signed April 2016, the UK government committed to making global financial flows "consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development". Despite this, the UK continues to provide high amounts of finance for fossil fuel infrastructure overseas using the international development budget and UK Export Finance (UKEF) credits to UK businesses and exporters. 

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Exiting the permanent crisis in the global south

April 2020

The case for a global financial reset in the wake of Covid-19 

Even in the wealthiest countries on earth, years of austerity combined with ‘market knows best’ ideology has hollowed out our ability to deal with coronavirus. But for many countries in the global south, the weakness of the public sector was not a democratic choice but was imposed by rich countries and international institutions like the IMF...

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