Energy, or access to electricity, has now evolved as one of the essentials for a decent and modern standard of living. Our basic rights are now, in one way or another, connected to the quality of life brought about by electricity; it helps towards the progress, development and even realization of our rights to education, health, among other things.
People and communities throughout the global South need hundreds of billions of dollars each year to deal with the impacts of climate change, build resiliency and adopt alternative development pathways. The cost of compensation for past, present, and future damages due to climate change will only grow if, in addition, the necessary measures are not taken in the industrialized countries to make a just transition to equitable, non-fossil fuel based economies.
A wealthy minority of the world’s countries and corporations are the principal cause of climate change; its adverse effects fall first and foremost on the majority that is poor. This basic and undeniable truth forms the foundation of!the global climate justice movement. – The climate debt primer
We believe that solving the climate crisis and injustice – requires basic transformation of the global system – economic, political, socio-cultural. Given the narrow window of time to prevent catastrophic, irreversible consequences of the climate crisis – we must work even harder to hasten the process of profound social transformation, relying first and foremost on the collective strength, action and solidarity of peoples’ movements within our countries and across borders.