We envision a world:
- In which everyone lives a good life by being in just and fair relationship with each other and within healthy, interdependent ecosystems.
- Based on a culture of sharing rather than hording; localized democracies rather than globalized exploitation; the Web of Life rather than the Chain of the Market. Fairness, equity and ecological rootedness are core values.
- That celebrates and honors the beauty and diversity of life and the rights of people to realize their full potential as creative beings.
Living a good life in a good way can only happen by first recognizing that the root causes of the daily economic, environmental and social inequity that plague communities worldwide are also compromising the metabolism of Mother Earth; and that all real solutions must address both the economic and ecological crisis. This recognition is what defines the Climate Justice Movement.
We believe that the key principles that define the real solutions to the ecological and economic crisis are:
- Root Cause Remedies: Real solutions require that we go to the source of the problem. Resource intensive industrial production, globalized at scale, and driven by the imperative of maximum profit to endless growth, is the engine of the crisis. The antidote requires place-based, smaller-scale economies, anchored in communities that are linked to one another through healthy and sustainable systems of exchange.
- Rights: Real solutions recognize and honor individual and collective rights, including, but not limited to, the sovereign rights of Indigenous Peoples, the right to food, water and energy sovereignty; the right to control our own labor, the Rights of Mother Earth, the right of women to have complete control of their bodies- and of the reproduction of our species; the right to home and the right to movement; and the rights of individuals and communities to live free of political, cultural, economic, physical and environmental subordination. These rights require an end to environmental racism and a recognition of the right to self-determination for oppressed peoples within the United States.
- Reparations: Real solutions understand the need for reparations – to repair our relations. This must include making amends for historic responsibilities for the crises we face, from over-consumption of ‘atmospheric space’ by the Western Industrialized counties to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. We must repair our relations in the present, by restoring back to the Web of Life that which has been subordinated to the Chain of the Market- from water and air to seeds and labor and life itself. We must set ourselves up for a future that embraces reflective and responsive relationships to place.
- Representation: Real solutions ensure that people will have directly democratic control over the decisions that affect their daily lives and that those who have been most victimized by the systems which got us here must lead the way to solutions. This is not only because justice demands it, but because those of us whose lands, livelihoods and cultures have been compromised, hold the evolved knowledge of place- the stories and cultures- that we all need to survive and thrive.