Building on input from all coalition meetings, local hub gatherings and post-cop feedback, we have put together a basic process to move from the COP26 Coalition to the Climate Justice Coalition:
- Refreshing Coalition Strategy and Structures
- Continuing Coalition activities around key events during the transition
- Supporting Coalition groups, Local Hubs and Caucuses to re/activate, self-organise, and bring in new members.
- Building processes & structures to connect these groups together at the Local, National and International level.
- Climate Justice Coalition Launch
Movement of Movements
We are living through a period of multiple breaking points – from climate to Covid-19, from cost of living to systemic racism, to devastating wars.
It is now clearer than ever that these crises not only overlap, but share the same cause. We got to these crisis points because our political and economic system is built on inequality and injustice. For centuries, rich governments and corporations have been exploiting people and the planet for profit, no matter how much it harms the rest of us.
The Climate Justice Coalition aims to build a Movement of Movements across the UK and Internationally, we will support groups, organisations, networks and coalitions to connect across Climate Justice and stand together in active Solidarity.
Over the last few years, together we have built an intersectional movement that has brought climate justice from the fringes to the centre of every struggle. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world mobilised under radical demands for urgent and just solutions to the climate crisis. We continued to ensure that indigenous, frontline and Global South communities are front and centre, to amplify their voices and demands. Because of our collective vision and action, the climate justice movement is more powerful, educated and connected than ever before.
Building Power from the Ground up
Local – National – International
We have taken the first steps of building a coalition that has brought together movements from across struggles. Now we have to get organised to actively challenge and disrupt business-as-usual, to push for rapid decarbonisation of our economies and justice-based solutions.
This means thinking about how we build our power and leverage: What are the pressure points on local, national and international levels to achieve the structural change we need? Alongside coordinated mass mobilisations, how do we make space for a diversity of tactics? How do we support and deepen collective organising and inspire more people to join the movement? How do we continue to sharpen our thinking and vision for climate justice? How do we support the call for climate justice around COP27?
A key focus for the Climate Justice Coalition is to support its local hubs: building a powerful network that is integrated with our national groups and Caucuses, using our strong links with International and Frontline groups through the Global Solidarity working group.
To win the fight for climate justice, we need all hands on deck: in workplaces, communities, schools, hospitals and across national borders. Whether you are new to the movement or a long-standing activist, each of us has a vital part to play. The different communities you belong to, your skills and passion, your experiences and knowledge – these all mean you have powerful and meaningful contributions to make in growing and shaping our movement.
There are some key moments in Climate Justice in the year ahead that we will mobilise around as a Coalition: COP27, June 18th Cost of Living London Demo, September Youth Strikes, to name a few.
The climate justice movement is stronger than ever. But it needs our collective ambition, hope and action so it can grow enough to bring about the system change that we need.
In order to meet the demands of the new, post-cop26 context, we are refreshing Coalition structures based on input throughout the transition. This is an evolving process that aims to build a minimal basic structure for the Climate Justice Coalition to meet our strategic aims: we expect the structure to adapt and change over time as we move into new contexts.
The next stage of the transition will focus on renewing the processes and decision making systems that hold this structure together.
The building blocks of the Coalition are its Local Hubs. These are self organised coalitions of local groups connecting environmental, social justice, and community spaces. The Local Hubs Network will facilitate information and skill sharing between hubs, building power at the local level. The aim is to also convene a National Hubs Assembly that can coordinate the network and help integrate with national and international Coalition bodies.
Caucuses provide a strong bridge between the Coalition and other justice movements. They will be self-organised with support from the Coalition. There has been a clear call for three initial Caucasus, though this does not prevent others being organised:
- Trade Union Caucus (active)
- Anti Racism Caucus (proposed)
- Disability Caucus (proposed)
This group will help to embed the Coalition in International discussions and issues, continuing its work bringing together our international committee, assembly and networks. Get involved by emailing [email protected]
Mobilisations Working Group
This is an open working group to organise and coordinate COP27 mobilisations across the regions and nations on November 12th in solidarity with Global Climate Justice. Join by emailing [email protected]
Fundraising and Comms Workspaces
Operational groups that will ensure the continued functioning of the Coalition.
The coordinating committee will be made up of representatives from Coalition bodies and constituencies in order to provide strategic leadership and oversight at the national and international level. It will support the Coalition’s structure and decision making systems, and democratic processes. Building a representative Coordinating Committee is part of the transition process.
We are currently fundraising to build a staff team that will support the different elements and operations of the Coalition, if you can support our fundraising effort please get in touch!