There is no climate justice without racial justice.
This page was developed in partnership with Second Nature's member institutions to help accelerate the work of racial and climate justice in, and through, higher education.
“Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. Climate justice is informed by science, responds to science and acknowledges the need for equitable stewardship of the world’s resources.”Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice: Principles of Climate Justice
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The DEIAJ Toolkit was developed in partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Justice Working Group. The purpose of this Toolkit is to help colleges and universities center principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice (DEIAJ) into their climate action plans. Deploying the DEIAJ Toolkit at scale across over 400 member institutions will ultimately serve to both leverage and strengthen the higher education sector’s strengths to cultivate campus-community relationships and cross-sector partnerships. Additionally, the Toolkit may be useful for other sectors interested in how DEIAJ principles can be embedded into their own climate action plans.
Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Climate Justice
Download and share this working paper about Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Climate Justice including best practices and case studies for integrating DEIAJ principles into climate action planning.
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A brief overview of the history of racism in higher education and key terms to ground our work toward racial and climate justice.
Themes addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability, including the structural inequalities that constrain population access to resources, as a prerequisite for achieving justice and resilience in climate action planning.
Best practices for integrating DEIAJ principles into climate action planning, while ensuring inextricably linked campus-community and cross-sector activity is an essential part of these plans.
Foundational examples of how climate justice is currently conceived and being integrated into strategic plans and on-the-ground activities.
Multimedia resources about climate justice and DEIAJ topics.
Learn about the Climate Justice Working Group and opportunities to contribute to the DEIAJ Toolkit.