Climate justice toolkit for youth

Recent years have seen a wave of climate protests, as part of a broader trend of increasing public discussion around combatting climate change. Additionally, conversations around social inequalities have blossomed, for example with the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the expression of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations coming to the forefront of political demands. With rising civil disobedience, far right and anti-rights movements, prolonged heat waves and floods as well as, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, now it is more important than ever before that youth from all backgrounds mobilise to change the world for the better.  It is a daunting time, and if you are worried about the future because of the climate crisis, current geopolitics, or if you reflect on your identity and how you relate to the world around you – then this toolkit will support you to turn these feelings into positive action!

The problems of climate change and social inequality are linked, and can be explored through feminism. Engaging in this link between feminism and climate change can often be daunting or confusing. Discussion of these issues can put off a lot of people who may feel they do not have the knowledge or experience to engage in activism, as well as the common misconception that feminism is ‘just about women’. But in reality, everyone can (and should!) engage with this activism. Climate justice frames climate change as an ethical, political and social issue, not merely an environmental problem that requires technical solutions: it permeates every layer of society and is reflected in the inequalities present in our world today. No matter what your background, your unique experiences are valuable in the fight for a better world. Everyone should engage in whatever way they can – this toolkit will help explain how to do so.