Studying Climate Justice: Some Lessons, Challenges, and Ideas for Research
Dr. Sonja Klinsky
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Due to inequalities in contributions to greenhouse gases, uneven climate impacts, and deeply unequal capacities to address either of these issues in a context of global and domestic inequalities, it is hard to overstate the extent to which issues of justice permeate climate policy decisions. In this talk I first articulate why climate justice is an important issue for scholars to focus on. I then provide a brief overview of insights I have learned about this issue through four pathways: exploring the social-psychology of climate justice dilemmas; interrogating the strategies of including (or excluding) justice within climate policy-analysis technologies; contributing to efforts to navigate justice tensions within international climate negotiations; and engaging in substantial public outreach. In conclusion I discuss some of professional considerations raised by focusing on climate justice, and outline some ideas for climate justice research moving forward.