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Six Pillars

What Is Climate Justice?

Climate Justice recognizes the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color around the world, the people and places least responsible for the problem. It seeks solutions that address the root causes of climate change and in doing so, simultaneously address a broad range of social, racial, and environmental injustices. These solutions can be organized into Six Pillars of Climate Justice:

Just Transition

Just Transition

Just Transition

Explores the transition of fossil fuel-based economies to equitable, regenerative, renewable energy-based systems.

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Social, Racial, and Environmental Justice

Social, Racial, and Environmental Justice

Social, Racial, and Environmental Justice

Connects the dots between climate change and a range of social, racial and environmental justice issues.

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Indigenous Climate Action

Indigenous Climate Action

Indigenous Climate Action

Recognizes the significant role played by Indigenous Peoples in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Community Resilience and Adaptation

Community Resilience and Adaptation

Community Resilience and Adaptation

Supports community resilience and climate adaptation from a social justice perspective, protecting the most marginalized communities who are already experiencing climate impacts.

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Natural Climate Solutions

Natural Climate Solutions

Natural Climate Solutions

Emphasizes the importance of centering forests and agricultural lands as critical ecosystems for equitable climate action.

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Climate Education and Engagement

Climate Education and Engagement

Climate Education and Engagement

Focuses on educating students, engaging with our partners in the climate justice ecosystem and communicating our work to a broader public.

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Our Mission & Vision

How is transformation possible at this scale?

The UC Center for Climate Justice’s mission is to leverage and harness the power of the university to support, strengthen, and build an emergent climate justice ecosystem and social movement that solves the climate crisis through science, systems thinking, and social-ecological justice. We do this through innovative broader-impact research, transformative education, and public engagement. We envision a world where extractive systems and economies have been transformed into ones that are regenerative, equitable, and support the sustained wellbeing of all life.

About The Center for Climate Justice

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Projects

Research
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Research

Participatory action research that brings together multiple ways of knowing from our diverse partners.

Education
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Education

Educating a new generation of climate justice changemakers, empowering them to address climate change from an equity and systems thinking perspective.

Engagement
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Engagement

Engaging with communities and organizations seeking equity-based climate solutions by connecting them with students, faculty and researchers committed to real world impact.

Resources & Events

Events

2022 Community Event: Accelerating Women’s Environmental and Climate Solutions in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 30th @ 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET Join Women’s Earth Alliance and their 2022 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Climate and Environmental Leaders for a virtual gathering to connect with leaders, learn about their work, and about this…

Community Resilience and Adaptation
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