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Transforming the Financial System for Climate Justice

In this animation, we summarize four of the pathways that we have to take collective action and demand climate justice.

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The Future of Climate Finance: Will COP28 Further the Onward March Towards Increased Debt and Dependence on Markets? 

A new consensus is being built by the global north and major development and finance institutions on what climate finance is and how it should be delivered. There has been a careful path laid out to push this approach that extends to the UN climate talks this December, where decisions are likely to further this aggressive agenda. 

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Yeah, It’s Time for Polluters to Pay Up for Loss and Damage

The Loss and Damage Collaboration, with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s International Climate Justice Program, is pleased to present the first in a series of four short films featuring British actor Moses Alexander.

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Cracking Cancer in East Texas

For residents of the communities within the emissions zone of petrochemical plants and many observers of the booming Texas’ petrochemical industry, the racial and economic impacts of this activity are impossible to ignore.

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The UN Summits Week: Grasping at Straws?

All roads led to New York in September with the convening of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. There were other high-level events held alongside the UNGA to make the most of this coming together of more than 290 of the world’s leaders, therefore forming a “UN Summits Week.” But what actually came of this week of high-level meetings?

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Illicit Financial Flows

We present the fifth infographic from our series looking at key concepts and processes that influence the work of the United Nations around the Financing for Development process.

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Debt Justice Now

We present the fourth infographic from our series looking at key concepts and processes that influence the work of the United Nations around the Financing for Development process.

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Want to Avoid Climate Disasters? Protect Environmental Defenders

Global South activists are at the frontlines of the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. If we want to avoid the unrelenting impacts of the climate crisis, we must drastically step up our efforts in protecting the human rights of environmental defenders everywhere.

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Beyond Recovery: The Global Green New Deal and Public Ownership of Energy

In the most recent Working Paper of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the group explores ideas about public ownership and the role of a Global Green New Deal from the left as a legitimate alternative to the current neoliberal approach to energy transition.

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What Happened on Loss and Damage at the 2023 Bonn Climate Conference and Where We Are on the Road to COP28?

This new article, by Hyacinthe Niyitegeka, Teo Ormond-Skeaping, Julie-Anne Richards, and Erin Roberts from L&DC, provides a short debrief on the 2nd Glasgow Dialogue, the Santiago Network, the Global Stocktake, and the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance.

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The Move

This video, produced by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Manila for the Climate Migration Forum in 2019, looks into climate migration from the perspective of survivors who are now climate justice advocates.

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How a UN Resolution Could Help Hold Countries to Account on Climate Action

The RLS International Climate Justice team talked with José Daniel, Front Convener for Latin America for the World’s Youth for Climate Justice about a key decision on climate action.

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COP27: What happened at the 2022 Climate Negotiations?

What were the main outcomes of the talks and what do we need to do to make enough progress at the next round of negotiations this December in the United Arab Emirates? Find out in this short video produced by RLS’s International Climate Justice Program in partnership with Spumoni Cooperative.

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Urban Grassroots Engagement in Global Climate Debates

In cities, people living in slums, ghettos, informal settlements, townships, or camps are among the most vulnerable to climate change and more likely to experience loss of life, livelihoods, home, and territory. However, their ability to reduce vulnerabilities and adapt to a changing climate is limited compared to better-off groups. Further more, these vulnerable groups lack representation in international decision-making processes that affect them locally, including those regarding the global governance of climate change. This study provides a comprehensive overview of issues relating to the participation of marginalized urban communities in international climate policy decision-making and implementation.

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A Tale of Two COPs

It was a tale of two COPs. One tale told of a historic breakthrough in responding to developing countries’ demands around financing for climate-induced loss and damage — for many, a sign of moral triumph. But there was another story, one in which much-needed progress on climate change mitigation and adaptation was ultimately derailed.

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What Happened at COP27 on Loss and Damage and What Comes Next?

This new report unpacks COP27’s outcomes on issues related to Loss and Damage and ways forward as we look to SB58 and COP28.

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Kick Big Polluters Out

The International Climate Justice Program supports a civil society coalition to demand action against the corporate influence of fossil fuel companies over the climate talks.

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The Operationalisation of a Fit for Purpose Santiago Network for Loss and Damage: An African Perspective

. This brief draws on examples of loss and damage throughout Africa as well as the submissions from African Parties to suggest how the Santiago Network can be fit for purpose and urgently operationalised to provide support to address the needs on the ground in African and other vulnerable developing countries.

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Systemic Transformation Needs for a Global Just Transition: Climate Justice in the US

Aaron Eisenberg, RLS-NYC project manager, talked with Dharna Noor, climate reporter of the Boston Globe, to understand the shifting terrains in the U.S. post West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency at the Supreme Court (the case related to the Clean Air Act and the ability of EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions), and the largest climate bill ever passed in the US, the Investment Recovery Act or IRA, passed this summer.

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No Chance of Romance Without Climate Finance

The success of addressing the climate crisis is dependent on developed and developing nations understanding and cooperating closely with each other. Granted, this relationship has never been harmonious, but the chasm becomes particularly pronounced during UN climate change negotiations. To the impartial observer there appears no love lost between developed and developing nations.

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Only People Power Can Save the Climate

If COP27 is to deliver what our planet needs, the capitalist agenda must be disrupted, including the call that Global North countries pay their climate debt and deliver their fair share of climate action.

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The Loss and Damage Negotiations Under the UNFCCC

This policy brief looks at the key outcomes on Loss and Damage from the SB 56 intersessional and articulates the expectations for an ambitious outcome on the road to and at COP 27. It also provides a set of recommendations for what should be achieved at the conference in order to develop a roadmap for meeting the needs on the ground in vulnerable developing countries.

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Looking Back on Bali

Twenty years after their adoption, Meena Raman discusses the Bali Principles’ ongoing relevance for global climate justice movements. The Bali Principles of Climate Justice were developed in Bali in the summer of 2002 by a broad coalition of movement organizations including CorpWatch, the Third World Network, and the Indigenous Environmental Network during the final preparatory […]

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On the Road to COP27: Stockholm +50 and the Intersessional Climate Talks

Adrián Martínez Blanco, the Director and founder of La Ruta del Clima, recently attended two key climate-related UN meetings: Stockholm +50 and the Intersessional climate talks of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He shared his perspective of the relevance and outcomes of these meetings from a Latin American civil society perspective. Adrian, […]

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Trade Unions for Energy Democracy Working Paper 15

In the newest Working Paper of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, John Treat dives deeply into the conversations around hydrogen. Treat explains the entire rainbow of colors of hydrogen, their applications and potential, and then explains why comprehensive public ownership needs to be a prerequisite before any of these conversations. Treat continues the TUED analysis […]

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No Climate Justice without Gender Equality

In conversation with feminist climate activist Emilia Reyes about the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women Emilia Reyes is a feminist climate activist and a program director at Equidad de Género, a Mexico-based feminist organization promoting gender equality. She will be participating in negotiations as part of the Mexican delegation at the 66th […]

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An Atlas of Human Suffering

The latest IPCC report confirms: unless we make drastic changes soon, climate change will affect everyone On 14 February, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) started the final negotiations on the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report. It published them two weeks later. In these reports, thousands of scientists summarize the state of research […]

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The Time to Act Is Now

In 2019, Carola Rackete became publicly known for docking the sea rescue vessel “Sea-Watch 3”  in Italy and thereby challenging a national decree that contradicted international obligations to engage in sea rescue. Due to this act of civil disobedience and her public confrontation of the Italian far right and the structural racism of the EU’s Fortress Europepolicy, Carola became a powerful symbol for people seeking to take practical action for a world based on justice and equality.

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Video: COP26 Post-Mortem Talk Show

After more than a year’s delay due to COVID, COP26 has taken place in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 30–November 13 COP26. This big political moment is where all countries’ national climate plans must start to be implemented and the Paris Agreement (which was agreed in 2015) begins to be enacted in earnest. As the COP26 […]

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Video—Unlearning: From Degrowth to Decolonization

A conversation between Jamie Tyberg, Bilphena Yahwon, and Kazembe Balagun about degrowth and decolonization.

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Strong Unions and Communities

The understanding of ‘what is just’ within a transition towards a fossil-free world changes depending on where it is used. Whereas some claim it is for a “Jobs first” narrative (usually referring to jobs in the global north), more progressive unions and unionists (like TUED, WEDO, and LNS) and environmental justice movements use it in order to phase out of fossil-fuel industries that are harming the environment, workers, and communities. For them there is no dichotomy between labor and the environment, this world prescribed by “just transition” is one where justice reigns, and workers and affected communities are part of the solution.

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Climate Justice From Below

This report discusses urban and local-level transitions to a lower carbon economy and aims to kick-start a conversation on the potential of local just transition policies.

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The Climate Justice Moment

A Movement of Movements From the People’s Climate March to COP 21, there has been a recent groundswell of attention around our planet’s need to come together around climate justice. How have different movements converged to support and push the climate justice movement to the left? Speakers: Stefanie Ehmsen, chair (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)Tadzio […]

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An Illness to One is the Concern of All

The Health Impacts of Rising Fossil Fuel Use Fossil fuels are killing us. They’re killing us directly through pollution and indirectly through climate change. Expanding use of coal, oil, and gas are driving this dual crisis. Unless we confront the extractivist and increasingly unconventional fossil fuel industry, reclaim the energy system for the public good, […]

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Connecting Anti-Austerity and Climate Justice Policies

Humanity is currently faced with a number of deep and challenging crises: economic, social, political, food, and—last, but not least—the climate crisis, which is threatening the very existence of millions of people on this planet. These crises have many of the same root causes, which go to the core of our economic system. Strong vested […]

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Climate Change and the Great Inaction

In this Trade Unions for Energy Democracy working paper, Cornell University’s Sean Sweeney provides an overview of the international labor movement’s efforts to shape a proposed global climate treaty.

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Socio-Ecological Transformation: Energy Policy in Latin America and Europe

The energy system reflects the crises and contradictions of capitalism. Fossil fuels continue to dominate the global energy system, raising atmospheric carbon dioxide to alarming levels. Oil, coal, and natural gas companies use their economic clout to advance an extreme energy agenda, accessing previously out-of-reach energy resources through dangerous and polluting methods such as fracking, […]

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