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Who We Are

The Center for Climate Justice is a University of California system-wide initiative to address climate change as a social justice and equity issue.

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. The systems that create climate change are also those responsible for economic inequalities and social and racial injustices. These issues cannot be separated, so, in order to be effective, solutions must simultaneously address climate change and inequity.

The UC Center for Climate Justice 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.

Our Mission & Vision

The Center’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.

At the Center for Climate Justice, 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.

Meet Our Team