Social justice

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In the 21st century, there cannot be social justice without climate justice.

The climate crisis deepens the already existing inequalities and threatens the underprivileged the most. Community-led initiatives, wishing to advance climate justice, advocate for a fair approach to transitioning towards zero carbon.


Social justice is a transversal issue, cutting across most areas in this wiki: politics, education, health, energy, housing etc. Most of all, in times of crisis, such as in the case of climate change, the underprivileged are likely to suffer a lot more than those on the higher end of the social power structures.


If we summarise the forces in the Social justice movement, these are some of the most obvious:


  • accumulation/concentration and exploitation of resources leading to social and economic inequalities on a global scale
  • inequality of access to common goods, services, resources and basic needs (e.g. water, sanitation)
  • patterns repeated on a global (north/south, countries and corporations etc) and local scale. Marketisation/privatisation of basic human needs - water, energy, education etc.
  • include social, economic and climate justice
  • profit-driven value system that does not internalise social and environmental factors


  • Return to the common - re-commoning of the common good
  • Relocalisation of power and resource management - promotion of cooperative, community led and grassroots models (of politics, resource management) built on trust and connection, but also maintaining a global vision
  • Transformative economies
  • Relationship and network building - transforming the way we work and collaborate
  • Support collab between community initatives and local/national govts and institutions
  • Advocacy/lobbying
  • Transforming power dynamics in the interpersonal/relational - gender, race, ability etc
  • Outreach beyond our bubble, engaging with new partners already active on the ground but maybe not connected yet to a network (e.g. active groups on social inclusion in towns/cities)
  • Connecting with other movements beyond europe

Impacts and Indicators

  • Diversity of groups involved and included in ECOLISE
  • More engagement of institutions with local-led initiatives - more institutional support and collaboration
  • How many organisations are working within a transformative economy framework - and apply that within ECOLISE

Origins and history

Main concepts

Practical application in communities

Social justice and the Transition movement

Links to key examples

Just transition is a phrase that is widely used to describe the complex shift towards a zero carbon future.

In Ireland, The People’s Transition views climate action as an enabler of local development, giving people and communities ownership of the transition to zero carbon societies and enhancing public support for a Just Transition by tackling inequality and raising standards of living through the delivery of climate solutions.[1]



Research on Social justice and community-led initiatives


External links


  1. McCabe, Sean (2020). The People's Transition: Community-led Development for Climate Justice (PDF). FEPS - Foundation for European Progressive Studies. p. 104. Retrieved 2021-04-12.