What is Climate Justice? It’s more than just a trending term.

Monica Sanders
The New Climate.
Published in
4 min readMar 8, 2023

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We see “climate justice” trending on our socials almost every time there is a global meeting on climate change. That is a good thing. But it is important to understand what it is and why it is.

Climate justice describes the movement to ensure that the impact of climate change is not disproportionately felt by certain communities, particularly those that are marginalized or disadvantaged. This approach aims to address the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to climate change and to promote policies and actions that are sustainable and just.

One of the key challenges of climate justice is the unequal distribution of the impacts of climate change. For example, all over the world, low-income, communities of color, and other divested groups are often the ones who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as flooding, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. This is because these communities are often located in areas that are susceptible to hazards, such as flood zones or extractive industries. Opportunities for work and inexpensive real estate near hazards tend to be near these hazards. People in these communities are already vulnerable due to a lack of political and economic resources. As a result, they are hyper-exposed to climate risk and under-resourced with opportunities…

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Monica Sanders
The New Climate.

Founder, The Undivide Project (www.theundivideproject.org); Activist-Scholar; Professor@Georgetown; Senior Fellow, Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy