On 16 May, a significant event focusing on climate justice took place in Cardiff, marking a crucial step towards a globally responsible approach to addressing the climate crisis. With a recognition that climate change is not just an environmental issue but a matter of justice, the event emphasized the need for ambitious action in Wales to tackle climate change and promote justice for affected communities worldwide.
The event was organized by Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, a coalition of influential organizations operating in Wales. Comprised of organizations such as the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam Cymru, RSPB, WWF, and others, the coalition collaboratively works to mobilize support and stakeholders across Wales to address climate change effectively.
The event served as a platform for these organizations to raise awareness, drive discussions, and urge for meaningful changes to combat climate change. A key message emphasized during the event was the imperative need for system change rather than mere climate change mitigation. The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect marginalized communities, people of colour, and women, making the climate crisis an issue of justice. To achieve sustainable development solutions that serve both people and the planet, it is essential to listen to those most affected by climate change and value their traditional knowledge.
The Climate Justice event held in Wales on the 16 May provided an essential platform for raising awareness and rallying support for climate justice. Recognizing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities, the event called for systemic changes, a just transition to a net-zero economy, and increased efforts to remove barriers to decarbonization. By committing to ambitious goals and taking a leadership role, Wales can play a crucial part in the global fight against climate change. It is now up to the Welsh Government and stakeholders to act upon the calls for action from this event and work towards achieving climate justice for all.