There are as many ways and causes in which to get involved as there are people on this earth; recognizing our diversity, Justice by the Pen has begun its movement by focusing on seven interconnected social justice themes.
1. What is Climate Justice:
Climate justice is the dismantling of unequally distributed stresses created by climate change on different communities. It is the struggle over proper treatment, use, and allocation of land, forest, water, culture, animals, food sovereignty, collective and social rights. The world’s less developed nations and communities are more affected by climate change than any other place. Even though they produce less pollution, these communities have worse air, water and food sources. JBP recognizes the necessity to advocate in the global north ( US and European nations) in order to make drastic policy changes as well as work with the poorest of communities outside and inside the US towards self-determination and proper fulfillment of their human rights.
2. The Issues:
Issues in any particular community will vary. Therefore, local JBP groups will spend time pinpointing the issues they feel are most pertinent to address. Below are potential problems local communities may consider:
- Animals: Animals are being tortured and abused in our food industry. Animals not part of the food industry are losing their natural habitats through human expansion and global warming.
- Nature: We are destroying our natural environments by cutting down trees, polluting our waters, and removing mountain tops, which are having unknown consequences by offsetting the balance of our ecosystem.
- Resources Waste: We are consuming resources faster than the earth can naturally recycle, and are therefore polluting and exhausting our natural resources.
- Global warming: The rise in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere and oceans is unequally affecting the Global South through increased hurricanes, floods, illnesses induced from heat waves, the spread of infectious diseases and conflicts.
3. Direct Actions:
Below are a few suggested starting points and direct actions. Each local youth group will identify their community’s needs and solutions. There are three levels of suggested activism; choose your ways and get involved: Learn – Advocate – Engage
Advocate: Organize talks by leading climatologists, animal rights advocates, dietitians, farmers, and urban and rural developers; network with your community; start weekly or bi-monthly town hall meetings; write to your local village, town or city councils; start dialogues with your local businesses, community centers and residents; protest/boycott food-industry companies that abuse/torture animals; create chants, press releases; obtain a permit, send out announcements and make signs to protest the exploitation of natural lands or any other environmental causes.
Engage: Organize food and other green/organic co-ops, join local climate justice groups, care for and protect wild animals, rescue hurt animals, start a bike group, help clean up our rivers, clean up our forests, recycle, decorate/sell canvas tote bags for grocery shopping (buy bags to decorate at www.cheaptotes.com), purchase low-flow aerators/shower heads and install them in community homes to conserve water (you can buy shower heads at www.eartheasy.com/live_lowflow_aerators.htm#1e), participate in civil disobedience to defend the bulldozing of trees and other green zones, organize a debate/discussion about global warming, make your own soap and cleaning supplies, develop local sustainable ways to produce electricity, garden everywhere-on public and private lands.