Thank you to everyone who attended our Climate Assembly yesterday on International Climate Justice. It was fantastic to speak to so many of you about these important issues.
Thank you also for your vital contributions to our breakout groups. It was incredibly helpful to hear what Hallam constituents think international climate justice looks like, and how we should go about getting there.
I will be drawing all contributions together to produce a Hallam Citizens’ Climate Manifesto, to present to the UK Government and world leaders at the UN Summit later this year. However, I wanted to share some of the many issues discussed across the working groups:
- we need to ensure for people in the global south the right to move, which means ensuring a dignified life and a safe planet
- that the poorest, and nations in the Global South, who are least responsible, should not be forced to pay for the impacts of the crisis imposed upon them
- that we must end carbon credits, wealthier nations should not be allowed to offset emissions, and must take their responsibilities seriously
- we need to explore systems that focus on human ends, and minimise consumption as an end
- we need to see ourselves as part of an international community
- that we are not sufficiently aware of other cultures, whether internationally or within our own city, and we need to be more appreciative of what we can learn from others’ experiences
- we need to think about and centre what happens to works in the global south
There was an interesting and wide-ranging discussion yesterday, greatly inspired by the contribution of Asad Rehman of War on Want. Here are the links to their proposals for a material transition and a global green new deal.
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything further to this discussions, or that you have thought of since, that you believe should be included into the manifesto. I will continue to feed any further comments and ideas into forming our Citizens’ Manifesto.
I look forward to seeing you at next month’s event, which will be on A Green Industrial Strategy.