As specialists in gender equality and social inclusion, climate justice is a priority for us. Climate change is making existing inequalities worse and having profound impacts on the people and communities we work with.
We bring our gender equality and social inclusion expertise to the climate change space and mainstream climate justice throughout our work.
What is Climate Justice?
Our vision is for a just, sustainable and resilient world with equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
The countries that have contributed the least to global warming are experiencing the worst impacts of climate change. Unequal distributions of power and resources increases the risks that people face from the climate crisis.
Women and girls, people with disabilities, and other socially excluded groups are often most affected as they are more likely to live in poverty, and less likely to have access to the information and resources they need to adapt. Responses to climate-related disasters are often not accessible for people with disabilities and don’t take into account the increased risks of gender-based violence.
The voice and inclusion of excluded groups is critical to taking the action the world needs. Inclusive climate action also creates opportunities to promote equality.
Our work in this area
Our work on climate justice brings our gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) expertise to the climate change response. We have an in-depth understanding of the wide-ranging effects of climate change and the connections with GESI.
We partner with civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure gender equality and social inclusion is at the heart of climate action. We partner with civil society to amplify their voice and promote their leadership.
We support organisations working on climate change, environmental degradation and disaster risk reduction to increase their ambition on GESI in their work by providing high-quality training, participatory GESI audits, and technical assistance.
We produce cutting edge research and guidance, highlighting the linkages between climate change and areas including disability inclusion, education, energy and infrastructure, gender-based violence, and women’s economic empowerment. We also produced the first report on integrating a gender lens in the voluntary carbon market.
During COP26, Naomi Clugston, Technical Specialist at SDDirect spoke with Dr Nahid Rezwana, Associate Professor at Dhaka University; Rumana Khan, the GBV Cluster Coordinator for UNFPA; and Murshida Akhter, a Humanitarian Specialist for UNFPA.
This query considers how disability inclusion is integrated into climate justice frameworks and environmental and climate risk assessment processes. It concludes with key considerations for ensuring people with disabilities are included in analysis of risk and do no harm in climate, energy, and environment programmes.
Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow is the UN Women theme for International Women’s Day 2022.
There is an increasing focus on Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) to address the climate crisis. Whilst there is increasing awareness of the importance of disability inclusion in climate action, there is limited evidence available on disability inclusion and nature-based solutions programming. This report provides a rapid review of the emerging evidence on best practice of disability inclusion in nature-based solutions programming.
The Voluntary Carbon Market represents a huge financial flow - from corporates in the Global North looking to ‘offset’ their residual emissions, to carbon projects often based in the Global South in sectors such as forestry and sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, or cookstoves.
Evidence and lessons learned on what works for adolescent girls' empowerment. This pack includes briefs on:
- Adolescent girls and climate change
- Adolescent girls and monitoring and evaluation
- Adolescent girls and humanitarian and conflict
- Adolescent girls and creating safe spaces.
This document provides guidance on how to incorporate disability inclusion within climate change programming in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Syria, Turkey and Yemen.