Youth Declaration on Climate Justice
This week, Ignition Green members traveled to City Council to present our Youth Climate Justice banner from the Rise for Climate march and deliver a Youth Declaration on Climate Justice. The declaration was authored by Matthew, our executive director, on behalf of a coalition of other youth environmental nonprofits here in San Antonio. Young people, despite bearing the future impacts of climate change, are often underrepresented and undervalued in legislation and policy making. We’re glad to be working with young people across the city to make our voices heard by our representatives!
You can read our Youth Declaration on Climate Justice here.
About Climate Justice
You may ask, what is climate justice? The term frames climate change as an issue that is not only environmental, but also ethical, social, and political in nature. Specifically, the ability of a community to adapt to climate change is shaped by factors like race, income, social class, and political representation. Low-income communities and communities of color have the least resources available to combat climate change and, in times of crisis, often receive less disaster relief and recovery assistance.
Thus, climate justice calls for a “human-centric” approach to climate change, protecting our most vulnerable communities and sharing the burden of climate change (and our world’s resources) equitably and fairly. Climate justice also encompasses other concepts like human rights, gender equality, and education. To learn more about climate justice and its role in the climate movement, visit:
The Bali Principles of Climate Justice http://www.ejnet.org/ej/bali.pdf
The Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice https://www.mrfcj.org/principles-of-climate-justice
Ignition Green members Parth Ghawghawe (left), Gabbie Gonzalez (right), and Matthew Su (bottom right), along with members from other San Antonio youth nonprofits, pose with the Youth Climate Justice banner outside city council.
Featured Image: Ignition Green presents the Youth Climate Justice banner at City Council. Pictured: Gabbie Gonzalez, Outreach Manager (center right); Matthew Su, Executive Director (second from right); Parth Ghawghawe, Director of Online Development (far right).