Promoting the Discourse on Climate Justice

Due to climate change, extreme weather events like floods became more common in South Asia.
Due to climate change, extreme weather events like floods became more common in South Asia. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The effects of global climate change are already tangible in South Asia: many regions experience changes in monsoon patterns, water scarcity exacerbates the agrarian crisis, cities choke under air pollution and the Himalaya’s glaciers are shrinking, just to name a few examples from a long list. However, one must not forget that the major producers of greenhouse gases are situated in the Global North, and the issue of global climate change must not be separated from the question of global climate justice.

With the support of RLS, South Asian experts on climate change travelled to the COP summits at Paris, Marrakech and Bonn and participated in various side-events. This multiplied the voices from those communities, which are highly affected by climate change and whose position often differ from the official governments’ standpoints. Moreover, it facilitated the interaction of academics and activists from all over the world to unite their struggles and take a strong stance in the debate on climate justice. The resulting demands were by no means limited to the technical aspects of climate change, but also critically questioned global trade agreements, the outsourcing of labour and other post-colonial continuities. 

In South Asia, RLS’ work on agriculture is closely connected to the regional effects of climate change. With our partners in Bangladesh and India, we currently prepare two international experts conferences on the interrelationship of climate change with the global political economy. The focus will lie on the current financialisation of nature and other erroneous reactions to climate change. More details about the conferences will be announced on our website soon.

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Climate change cannot be understood without taking into account the dispute around climate justice. While those mainly responsible for climate change can protect themselves from its effect for the time being comparatively well, many communities in the Global South suffer already today from its consequences. To learn more about climate justice and what it means for the future of capitalism, visit RLS’ website dedicated to these questions

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