Why social justice is a climate matter

A healthy planet promises fairer societies and more economic and political stability.
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Working towards a fairer future

Climate action protects human beings. Even more, it offers us the opportunity to envision the world we want to live in and pass on. For how we tackle climate change directly affects the fabric of our societies, the welfare of communities and the understanding between present and future generations.

Civil societies are stronger and more resilient if the livelihoods of their citizens and the well-being of future generations are secure. Unmitigated climate change, however, exacerbates social inequalities. It makes the poor even poorer and puts the vulnerable even more at risk – whether in the industrialized world where, for instance, storms and floods can devastate livelihoods or in the Global South, where droughts and the lack of water impoverish whole communities.

Effective climate action can help prevent and mitigate environmental disasters that would otherwise lead to even further hardship and social injustice across the world. In doing so, it strengthens communities and contributes to a fairer world – for present and future generations.


As a philanthropist, you can foster more social justice by supporting climate action in many ways. By funding initiatives in regions most affected by climate change, you facilitate a fair transition to a low-carbon future that does not leave those already disadvantaged behind.

You can support programmes that address structural inequalities to make communities more resilient against the impacts of global warming. Introducing a climate perspective to your philanthropic portfolios will ensure that your funds have a more sustainable impact in reducing inequality. Bringing a climate perspective to initiatives that foster the understanding between young and older generations will also contribute to more social justice in the long term.