Launch of a Caribbean alliance to promote climate justice

Several Caribbean organizations and stakeholders have come together to form an alliance to promote climate justice and a just transition.

In a statement, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) said the Caribbean Alliance for Climate Justice was launched to amplify the voices of vulnerable people and support a unified and cohesive approach by civil society and stakeholders. non-state organizations to improve the effectiveness and impact of appeals. for Climate Justice at a virtual regional workshop hosted by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and Panos Caribbean on March 17-18, 2022.

The launch brought together activists, champions and thought leaders working on various aspects of climate justice – economic, environmental, gender and social justice – from civil society organizations (CSOs), academia, think tanks, creatives and other local networks to create a regional alliance. to catalyze action, learning and influence policy and practice.

CANARI said a range of key government, funding and technical agencies also participated in the launch of the alliance to share ideas and perspectives on priorities and foster strategic partnerships going forward.

Panos Caribbean Regional Coordinator Yves Renard highlighted what climate justice means in the Caribbean context in his keynote speech at the launch.

“Climate justice must be a fight against injustice. At the international level, where we as Caribbean islands contribute the least but have to bear the heaviest burden and suffer the greatest impact. At national and local levels, it is the disproportionate impact on certain communities and their livelihoods. It’s also intergenerational – if we jeopardize the future of the next generation, then it’s unfair and they have a right to seek justice.

Renard also underscored the importance and value of an alliance, saying, “When we talk about climate justice, the demand for justice must come from legitimate voices. And that’s why artists are so important, that’s why civil society organizations are so important. This is why we must give voice to the people concerned and, of course, to young people.

CANARI said the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance aims to connect the small and disconnected efforts of CSOs and other non-state actors on climate justice, and to support vulnerable and marginalized groups to advocate for approaches pro-poor, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and climate resilient as part of a just transition in the Caribbean.

Participants at the launch also noted the importance, moving forward, of holding governments and their development partners accountable to key commitments related to climate justice and resilience, including under the United Nations Framework Convention. United Nations on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In terms of next steps, the alliance will work together to develop and implement a collective advocacy agenda, defining priority areas and actions to promote climate justice in the region. It will also foster collaboration and action between civil society organizations, local communities, academia and other non-state actors and inspire action on the ground by sharing best practices and lessons through forums and exchanges. among peers at national, regional and global levels.

The alliance is convened under the regional project “Amplifying Local Voices for a Just and Resilient COVID19 Recovery”, which is led by CANARI in collaboration with Panos Caribbean from 2021 to 2022.

The project is funded by a grant from the Open Society Foundations (OSF). It aims to raise the voices of the most vulnerable by calling for a pro-poor, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient approach to economic recovery and development from COVID-19 in the Caribbean to ensure fair, equitable and equitable outcomes.

For more information on the alliance and the regional project, visit https://canari.org/

Elna M. Lemons