Social justice and climate change

Social justice and climate change

Online Tool
Climate Just is an information tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level.

Who emits most? Associations between socio-economic factors and UK households’ home energy, transport, indirect and total CO2 emissions

Working Paper: UK households’ carbon footprint: A comparison of the association between household characteristics and emissions from home energy, transport and other goods and services

Forecasting UK household expenditure and associated GHG emissions: outlook to 2030

Distribution of carbon emissions in the UK: Implications for domestic energy policy (JRF, Mar 2013) How are carbon emissions distributed across households in Great Britain and what are the implications for energy and climate change policy?

The distribution of total greenhouse gas emissions by households in the UK, and some implications for social policy (nef, March 2012)

Bridging the gap between climate change, resource scarcity and social justice – The future role of civil society associations (nef)

Creating a climate for social justice – A guide for civil society organisations on tackling climate change and resource scarcity

Socially Just Adaptation to Climate Change (July 2012), Joseph Rowntree Foundation
‘This report explores approaches in local adaptation to climate change impacts across the UK, and the extent to which these take social justice issues into account.
The study was informed by:
• a literature review of the theoretical concepts of social justice and climate change adaptation;
• a survey of local authorities’ climate change adaptation plans; and
case studies of the Highlands, Islington and York to investigate how social justice is taken into account in local adaptation planning and implementation.’

Climate change and social justice: An evidence review (JRF, Feb 2014)
‘This report assesses current research into the social justice aspects of the impacts of climate change in the UK, and of policy and practice to mitigate and adapt to those impacts. It:
•begins by exploring the theoretical basis of climate justice developing a ‘conceptual model’ which maps the climate justice space;
•analyses evidence from the perspective of two dimensions of justice: ‘distributional’ and ‘procedural’;
•considers direct and indirect impacts of climate change on UK populations and the policy and practice of adaptation to those impacts;
•examines aspects of UK policy to mitigate climate change by bringing down carbon emissions identifying where the costs and benefits of these policies fall;
•considers the implications of the social justice perspective for policy and practice; and
•identifies evidence gaps where further work is needed.’

Climate change and social justice – a review (Local Government Information Unit, May 2014)

PowerPoint presentations
Social justice & adaptation to climate change, JRF

Social impacts and social justice implications for climate change (JRF, 2009)

Climate change, social justice and community resilience (JRF)

Climate change adaptation in social housing – opportunities, challenges, drivers JBA Trust sponsored MSc research project, July 2015

Oxfam blog: Our common future under climate change: where science meets social justice

Climate Just: Some low income households are subject to a triple injustice
‘While they only make a relatively small contribution to carbon emissions, some low income households are subject to a triple injustice: they pay disproportionately for the policies to mitigate carbon emissions, and benefit less from those policies than higher income households.  A number of carbon mitigation policies are funded through energy bills, and energy costs take a larger proportion of low income households’ income, relative to higher income households. Fuel poverty policy is closely linked to carbon mitigation policy, as both objectives are served by improved home energy efficiency, and in recent years fuel poverty policy has also been partly funded through energy bills. The low income households that do not receive energy efficiency or heating measures from fuel poverty policy are therefore paying for the policy while not receiving any benefit.’

Research centres
Leverhulme Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice, commenced Oct 2015

Future generations and social justice (LSE)