Climate Justice, as outlined in our textbook, is a term used to discuss the more ethical and human rights related aspects of Climate Change. During the World Summit on Sustainable Development organized by the United Nations in Johannesburg, South Africa, an international coalition of groups including CorpWatch, Third World Network, Oil Watch, the Indigenous Environmental Network and more, formally released what was called the Bali Principles of Climate Justice. A set of principles that was created with the intent of, “putting a human face on climate change,” in order to further illustrate the deep and complex effects climate change has on people of various economic, cultural, and social standings across the globe. Women were of course among the marginalized groups represented and accounted for in terms of the disproportionate affect climate change has on them. “It stated that climate justice affirms the rights of these communities to represent and speak for themselves, calling for recognition of the various responses to the phenomenon that come from different people’s experiences and knowledge.” (Agostino 816)
Principle #12: Climate Justice affirms the right of all people, including the poor, women, rural and indigenous peoples, to have access to affordable and sustainable energy.
Principle #22: Climate Justice affirms the need for solutions that address women's rights.
“Bali Principles of Climate Justice.” Corpwatch, Corpwatch, 28 Aug. 2002, corpwatch.org/article/bali-principles-climate-justice.