After the success of last year’s eco committee, what with obtaining the Eco-schools Silver Award, this year’s committee have quite a lot to live up to. Fortunately, they seem to have already risen to the challenge, by participating in a baton relay, organised by the Paris Climate Summit to highlight Climate Justice. The baton was made by Greyfriars Recycling of Wood out of recycled church furniture. Upon the baton are the words “Time for Climate Justice: Churches in Scotland Demand a Deal in Paris, December 2015”. It has been travelling by electric car through Scotland since April, and will arrive in Paris in November, in time for the Climate Summit. The summit will take place between the 30th of November and the 11th of December and will be attended by over 190 nations. At the summit, a new global agreement on climate change will be discussed, with the aim to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The passing on of the baton from person to person, organisation to organisation represents the passing on of the responsibility of climate change – the problems facing our planet cannot be beaten by one person alone, as everyone has to play their part in avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change.
Climate Justice: the fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination with the creation of policies and projects that address climate change and the systems that create climate change and perpetuate discrimination.
To put that into plain English, Climate Justice is a way of making sure that the systems put in place to control climate change do not discriminate against or put anyone in a worse-off position. It is also a way of making sure that people are safe from the effects of climate change. This has had to be introduced, as the burden of climate change often falls most heavily to the poorest people on this planet, as it is them that feel the effect of the climate crisis, and suffer the most damage because of it. This is despite the fact that it is normally these people that have done the least to cause the climate crisis.
Climate change causes droughts, floods and resource scarcity all over the world. This leads to famine, civil unrests, even armed conflict. Many innocent people suffer, due to the wars and government oppression climate change causes.
It is not only the climate that is falling apart – families and communities, the entire lives of thousands of people are falling apart with it.