[Featured Resource] Climate Justice: A Rule of Law Approach for Transformative Climate Action

As COP26 draws to a close, this month we feature the resource Climate Justice: A Rule of Law Approach for Transformative Climate Action by IDLO.

Transformative climate action requires wideranging and coordinated political, economic and social changes underpinned by the rule of law. This can only be achieved through a human rights-based approach, multilateral cooperation, international solidarity and multi-stakeholder partnerships. As many observers have noted, the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic also represents a unique opportunity to “reassess earlier commitments, readjust previous policies, and redirect […] resources” in a more fair and equitable manner. Without such inclusive, equitable and effective policies and institutions, the climate crisis will bring about more inequality, more injustice and less peace in the long term.

With this understanding, the concept of climate justice uses a people-centered lens to accelerate climate action, while ensuring the rights of the most vulnerable and disproportionately affected are protected, people are legally empowered, access to justice is guaranteed, institutions are effective, accessible and accountable, and there is broad participation in climate decision-making. Climate justice seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized communities who are most affected by the impacts of climate change, acknowledges the needs of future generations, and recognizes the varied and disproportionate effects of climate change, as well as people’s diverse needs in responding to it.

More about Climate Justice: A Rule of Law Approach for Transformative Climate Action:

This Policy Brief advances seven rule of lawbased policy recommendations to accelerate transformative climate action:

  1. Empower climate-vulnerable communities and people
  2. Invest in people-centered laws and institutions to promote transformative climate action
  3. Champion feminist climate action and integrate gender-transformative approaches
  4. Strengthen prospects for sustaining peace and stability by preventing and resolving climate-related disputes
  5. Engage with customary, informal and indigenous justice systems to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable use of natural resources
  6. Harness the transformative potential of the rule of law to address the intersecting effects of climate change
  7. Mobilize global multi-stakeholder coalitions to accelerate climate action

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