Despite widespread calls for transformation to address the triple crises of the climate emergency, biodiversity loss and rising wealth and social inequities in the Caribbean, and a recognition that governments alone cannot address these crises, there remains little evidence of stakeholder engagement and a shift to new approaches. Supporting vulnerable and marginalised groups to advocate for pro-poor, just, environmentally sustainable and resilient approaches to development in the Caribbean is critical.

The Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance seeks to build a regional coalition and grassroots movement to transform policy and practice and catalyse action for climate justice and a just transition. It brings together leading civil society organisations (CSOs), academia, creatives and other non-state actors and their networks working across different sectors and aspects of climate justice – economic, environmental and social justice – to spark greater awareness, engagement, collaboration to influence policy and deliver and concrete change on the ground.

On March 17-18, 2022, the Alliance was launched at a virtual regional workshop convened by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and Pans Caribbean, with over 65 organisations and individual activists from across the region, with the support of the Open Society Foundations.

See press release and report of launch.

Goal and objectives

The goal of the Alliance is to bring together the diverse and often disconnected efforts of CSOs and other non-state actors on climate justice to leverage synergies, enhance knowledge sharing and facilitate joint learning and action to build a strong regional movement by and for rights holders. This will help build a unified, coherent and amplified civil society voice to enhance effectiveness, efficiency and impact of calls for climate justice for the most vulnerable in the Caribbean.

The objectives include:

  • Advocacy – Developing a shared Caribbean Climate Justice Agenda that reflects the needs, priorities and realities of the region, and enable collective advocacy to amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and influence national, regional and global policies for a pro-poor, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and climate resilient approach to COVID-19 economic recovery and development as part of a new eco-social contract.
  • Action – Mobilising and encouraging practical action by CSOs, local communities and enterprises, and other non-state actors on climate justice and holding governments accountable for their commitments to deliver climate action and a just transition.
  • Learning – Documenting and sharing experiences, lessons, good practices and innovations to inspire actions among CSOs, local communities and enterprises, other non-state actors and their partners to scale out and up for impact.
  • Partnerships – Fostering collaboration and strengthening capacity for more effective and strategic partnerships among civil society and other non-state actors and between civil society, government and other development partners to promote climate justice.

See the concept for the Alliance. See our COP27 Statement.

Approach and structure

CANARI serves as the secretariat and convenor of the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance and provides technical support for its operation in the initial phase.

Thematic working groups have been established to coordinate the work of the Alliance on key identified themes and are being co-convened with allies with relevant expertise. Key themes include:

  • Access to finance
  • Adaptation and loss and damage
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Just nature-based solutions
  • Just transition
  • Youth

Participating organisations and individuals

Any organisation or individual activist is invited to join the 20+ allies that have already committed to take collective action to promote climate justice in and for the Caribbean region. Eligibility criteria are outlined in the concept for the Alliance.

To join the Alliance, please complete and submit the commitment form and share it with us at [email protected].

For more information, please contact Ainka Granderson at [email protected] or Crystal Dasent at [email protected].

List of Allies include:

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute; Climate Analytics Caribbean; Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at University of The Bahamas; Climate Tracker; Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC); Freedom Imaginaries; GirlsCARE Jamaica; International Development Empowerment and Representation Agency (iDERA); Kairi Initiatives; Panos Caribbean; Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (SRC); SOLORICON for the Caribbean Climate Justice Project; The Breadfruit Collective; The Cropper Foundation; Malcom Ferdinand, Researcher, University Paris Dauphine; Emma Lewis, Blogger and Activist; Danielle Nembhard, Ph.D. Researcher, James Cook University; Vanda Radzik, Gender and Environment Activist; Christianne Zakour, Climate Activist

 

See related work under the project, Amplifying local voices for a just and climate resilient COVID-19 recovery.