“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
The work of the Climate Justice Programme over the past year has been one of seeding great things. We have been working innovatively in the space of climate law and policy to create new pathways to climate justice.
As you prepare to celebrate the festive season, please consider making a donation to support our work in protecting the world’s climate through the law. You will be seeding great things for 2015.
In November 2013, we launched a ground breaking research on responsibility for climate damage. Over the previous decade, we have commissioned an independent expert, Richard Heede, to trace historical carbon emissions to the world’s largest carbon producers, dubbed the ‘Carbon Majors’. Heede’s research revealed that 63% of historical carbon emissions could be traced back to these 90 entities. Heede’s findings were published in the peer reviewed journal Climatic Change in November 2013, with leading coverage in The Guardian. Read more about the Carbon Majors research.
In June 2014, we released a report called ‘Carbon Majors Funding Loss and Damage’. We proposed an innovative approach to climate damage in this report, calling for an international levy to be imposed on the Carbon Majors. The funds would be used to assist vulnerable people at the forefront of climate change. Read more about our proposal.
We achieved considerable recognition in both conventional and social media. We attracted more than 10,000 new likes on our Facebook page. Our proposal was publicly supported by Yeb Sano (Philippines Climate Commissioner) and Saleemul Huq. Leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Al Gore have called for legal liability of the Carbon Majors, reflecting a shift in thinking around responsibility for climate change.
In addition, we wrapped up a 2 year project of field research in Indonesia, researching indigenous people’s rights, grievance mechanisms and other issues related to REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Land Degradation). We launched a major report on complaints and grievance mechanisms. Read an interview with our Indonesian climate lawyer Bernadinus Steni.
We did all of this with just over $54,000 in income, coming from other non-profit organisations and foundations. If you are looking for a small but highly effective organisation that is making a difference in achieving climate justice, the Climate Justice Programme is it.
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We thank everyone at the CJP for their contributions in the year. We greatly appreciate the financial and other support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Greenpeace International and West Coast Environmental Law.
Please donate now to support our work in 2015. You can be confident that your money will make a difference.
We wish you all a safe and happy festive season.
Keely Boom Stephen Leonard
Executive Officer President