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IPPR urges people involvement in climate change battle

Published May 29, 2020

IPPR urges people involvement in climate change battle

The IPPR Environmental Justice Commission (EJC) released its interim report at the end of May, wherein they’ve called for a new approach to tackling climate and nature emergency demands.

Namely, they’re asking for faster action to tackle the crisis, going further in the transformation of the economy, and the delivery of a fairer transition for everyone, noting that tackling economic and social injustice is an inextricable factor in the fight against climate change.

The IPPR EJC, which is co-chaired by Caroline Lucas and Laura Sandys, aims “to develop a positive vision and a plan to tackle the climate and nature crises by bringing about an economic transformation, building resilience and realising the substantial opportunities to address underlying economic and social inequalities.”

Their view is that people should be at the heart of the climate and nature battle, helping push forward to a net zero economy. To facilitate this, they’re holding deliberative democracy events and citizens juries in places all around the UK, with the knowledge that each place will have its own needs and ambitions.

Not only that, but the commission is also turning its focus towards specific communities, such as the young, the vulnerable and minority groups, who will be facing unique challenges as a result of the transition.

Alongside local communities, politicians, experts, and academics, civil society, workers, trade unions, businesses, and climate activists, among others, IPPR EJC aims to contribute to both public debate and public policy on the economy, society, and the environment through events, engagement, and a major programme of communication.

The commission’s final report is slated to offer:

  • a realistic and optimistic vision and set of policies for a fair and green economy that is fit for the future
  • a list of immediate actions that the government must take to set us on the right pathway with policies that must stop or must be accelerated, and new actions that must be taken
  • a timetable and roadmap of what must be put in place to meet the challenges of the climate and nature emergency

The final report will be published in early 2021.

In the meantime, you can read the interim report in its entirety here: https://www.ippr.org/files/2020-05/faster-further-fairer-ejc-interim-may20.pdf