The countries and industries that are the primary contributors to climate change are the most shielded from climate change impacts. This de-linking of decisions and actions from consequences is behind the out of control expansion of economic and development practices that destroy the sources of life, and must be overturned.
Indigenous peoples, as well as other low income and People of Color frontline communities, have been the first to experience the impacts of climate change. We are also the most affected by the contamination and exploitation of the extractive industries that are at the root of climate change.
Achieving climate justice requires ensuring support, resource rights, and sovereignty for the peoples who are struggling with climate change impacts, and ultimately demands that we address the root causes of climate change. The people who experience the most impact have the most effective solutions to these challenges, as well as the broad vision based in real-life experience that it takes to lead the necessary transformation of our economy from one based on extraction and exploitation to a regenerative, community-led economy.
Our climate justice campaigns support those Indigenous and frontline communities who are leading the way in defending their land, water, and air from contamination, and their people from exploitation and violence. We support policy change, coalition building, and advocacy. And, we support the Indigenous solutions-based work happening across our nations to revitalize our traditional food systems and agroecology, to build new, community led renewable energy systems and initiatives, to develop climate adaptive and zero net energy housing, and to transform the way our transportation and economic systems operate to reflect our values of living with honor and respect for our sources of life.