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.
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:
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:
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.
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.