Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

The Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

Our Platform and Strategy

We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world - a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites.

In the years ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial. Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.

Climate change is more than multiplying the sufferings of people already burdened by the global injustices of hunger, dispossession and violation of human rights. It is a crisis that also threatens to wipe out vast populations and profoundly change life on Earth. We must act with clarity, cohesion and courage if we are to stabilize the Earth’s climate system and secure a just and sustainable world.

Like other global crises, climate change arises principally from historically unequal economic and social structures, from practices and policies promoted by rich, industrialized countries, and from systems of production and consumption that sacrifice the needs of the many to the interests of a few. The affected peoples of the world bear little responsibility for the climate crisis yet suffer its worst effects and are deprived of the means to respond.

Addressing climate change involves carrying out immediate tasks of defending our rights, our communities, and the commons, resisting policies that exacerbate the crisis, fighting for urgent concrete results in terms of drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, and enabling people to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis. It involves the profound social transformation in all countries and at all levels – local, national and global – for a rapid a shift as possible to alternative systems and methods of production and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and are aimed at meeting the needs of peoples rather than the relentless pursuit of profit.

Through this Global Campaign and other related efforts, we hope to contribute to generating the political conditions necessary to realize these tasks:

  • To build and exercise the power of collective action, in different forms at various fronts and arenas, at a scale never seen before,

  • To build the capacity for globally coordinated mobilizations during critical political moments -- progressively increasing the number of people mobilized, expanding the numbers of countries and cities participating, raising the scale, intensity and boldness of our actions, developing our strength and power to prevent planetary catastrophe.

We envision the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice as a vehicle for harnessing the strength of local, national and regional movements for a global collective effort that

  • Contributes to the strengthening of campaigns and struggles addressing local and national issues

  • Addresses the international dimensions and arenas of the struggle for climate justice – ie decisions, policies, agreements, actions and developments which have global and cross-border impacts;

  • Is intensive, coordinated, focused, massive, effective, grassroots and movements-based

  • Is directed at governments, inter-governmental institutions, international financial institutions, multinational corporations and other global actors that are responsible for the crisis

Our Goals

  • Defending and protecting our rights, our communities, and the commons;

  • Resisting policies that perpetuate and exacerbate the climate crisis,

  • Fighting for urgent concrete results to stop climate change and prevent catastrophic climate change1

  • Empowering and enabling people to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis.

  • Transforming social and economic structures and technologies to move away from profit-driven, growth oriented, high-carbon, elite-dominated exploitative systems; Ensure a just transition to people-driven, sustainable, equitable, and democratic post-carbon systems.

Our Calls and Demands


  1. Fight against dirty and harmful energy; Fight for the rapid shift to energy alternatives

    1. Stop further expansion of the international fossil fuel industry – no new fossil fuel projects,

    2. No public subsidies for fossil fuel companies;

    3. Ensure people’s access to clean, safe and renewable energy sources vs. coal, oil, conventional & unconventional gas (fracking), mega-dams, nuclear power; agro-fuels, waste to energy incineration.

    4. Stop privatization of energy services

    5. Mobilize public finance for public and community energy alternatives;

    6. Establish democratic management of energy systems


  1. Fight for food sovereignty -- peoples’ right to sufficient, healthy and appropriate food and clean water; Promote sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology production that prioritizes domestic consumption; Fight for comprehensive land reform, support services for farmers, and farmers’ control of seed diversity; Resist and stop land grabs; Reject and resist Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); No to industrial farming;


  1. Fight for the protection of water sources from pollution and the impacts of climate change. Defend peoples’ rights to sufficient, affordable, clean, quality water and the sustainable, equitable and democratic use & management of water resources. Halt and reverse the privatization and commodification of water;


  1. Ensure just transition: secure sustainable livelihoods and decent jobs for all; create climate jobs – jobs for building climate resilience and bringing down greenhouse gas emissions;


  1. Secure safety of our families, homes and communities from climate related disasters; Polluters to pay compensation for loss and damage; Protection of the rights and welfare of climate-displaced peoples


  1. Fight for the rights and the social, political and economic empowerment of all of our people and communities -- women, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, fishers, urban and rural poor, children and youth, seniors, differently-abled – and their equitable rights to and responsibility for the commons


  1. Fight for reparations for climate debt owed by those responsible for climate change

    1. Rich, industrialized countries to deliver on their obligations for climate finance for peoples of South countries and other affected communities;

    2. Democratic and accountable global fund that is independent of other international financial institutions and upholds the principles of direct access and country-determined, participatory decisions on the use of funds.

    3. No to debt-creating financial instruments, no to domination of private finance and market instruments

    4. End subsidies to corporations that exacerbate the climate crisis, hold companies that pollute financially and legally responsible for their impacts on people and the planet

    5. Ensure appropriate technology transfers without intellectual property barriers. Developed countries must ensure free sharing of safe, appropriate and ecologically and socially sound technologies;


  1. Stop false solutions such as offsets and carbon trading, market-based approaches to forests (REDD), soil and water, large-scale geo-engineering and techno-fixes, nuclear energy, mega hydro dams, agro-fuels, “clean” coal, GMOs, the waste of energy industry, Stop corporate and private finance capture of climate programs; Stop the “Green Economy” and the commodification and financialization of nature and nature’s functions


  1. Resist policies, decisions and moves by powerful governments, international institutions and global corporations that will bring more harm to people and planet and increase vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change

    1. Resist expansion and fight for scaling down of extractive industries;

    2. Stop logging and deforestation

    3. No to trade liberalization and privatization


  1. Fight for an international climate architecture that is rooted in science, equity and justice, based on historical responsibility, without offsets and loopholes;

    1. All countries must contribute to the global effort based on historical responsibility;

    2. Rich industrialized governments must fulfil their existing legally binding commitments and undertake immediate drastic emissions cuts in their countries’ emissions through domestic measures;

    3. Any increase in energy consumption by South countries must be within the limits of their fair share and should be proven to be for the benefit of the people especially the poor and marginalized and not for elite and corporate interests

Our Strategy

Our strategy for generating the political conditions for advancing our goals, calls and demands has three interrelated elements:

  • Effecting significant changes in the balance of forces/power between those fighting for climate justice and those who are standing in the way of changes needed to address the climate crisis - movement building, winning over allies and broad public support, weakening, isolating and overcoming our adversaries

  • Changing the terms of the debate and reshaping the public discourse in favour of the analyses and demands of the global struggle for climate justice

  • Waging fights and battles carrying our demands in various arenas through various forms of actions, aimed at winning tactical gains towards strategic victories

Our Arenas of Struggles

There are a multitude of spaces in which to fight for and demand climate justice at the local, national, regional and international levels to get at the root cause of the climate crisis. This campaign will aim to link local, national and regional initiatives for global impacts and intervene in political and economic processes that have global implications.

We focus on international processes and political developments that have major relevance to the climate crisis, including the international climate negotiations. The corporate, government and civil society actors in these arenas are important targets, thus actions in these spaces are part of the tactical and strategic outcomes we want to shape.

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