The climate crisis is unjust, because those that have done the least to cause the problem, feel the effects first and worst. This is unfair.
Working for climate justice means all people, regardless of the place they’re born, the year they’re born or the colour of their skin - everyone has access to a safe climate and healthy environment, and are empowered to create solutions to the climate crisis that work for them.
We see the climate crisis as an issue of social and environmental injustice. The climate crisis affects everyone, but not equally. It is often the most marginalised in our societies that have done the least to cause the problem who are hit first and worst by the climate crisis and carry the burden of polluting industries. This is particularly true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction on community, culture and country. It is also true for Indigenous peoples the world over, people in the majority world, people of colour, poor communities, workers, fossil fuel communities, young people and future generations.
As young people, we are concerned that we already live in an incredibly unsustainable and unfair society, with rising inequality and environmental destruction. It’s not fair that our generation, and those to come are currently looking at a future vastly different from what we experience today. Climate change exacerbates these inequities, and makes it urgent for us to come together to protect what we love and create a better world.
We can have a better world - with clean energy that never runs out, sustainable food production, diverse cultures, fairer and connected communities, with restored ecosystems and biodiversity.
The climate crisis is a moment to rethink the way this world operates, ensuring we don’t create the same problems in the future. If we embed justice and sustainability at the heart of this transition, we can create a brighter future for all.
We are committed to a vision of climate justice, which means we:
- Work to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees
- Advocate for just and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis
- Take leadership from, and work together to build the power of, those most affected by the climate crisis
We seek climate justice, not just because it helps build the future we want to inherit, but because it is critical for tackling the climate crisis at the speed required. If we can build the power of those who stand to lose the most from inaction on climate change, and work together with these groups, then we can inspire new community-led solutions from the bottom up and ensure better decisions from those in government and business.
Building the power of those most affected by the climate crisis is the core of what we do - we are empowering a generation of young people to protect our future. With Seed we are building a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who are working for climate justice.
Seed was launched in July 2014, as a program within AYCC. Since then Seed has grown to be a powerful network supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth across Australia. Seed is a branch of the AYCC, with separate but interconnected strategic plans for the next three years. There are a number of goals which AYCC and Seed will work towards achieving together and there are campaign areas which will clearly be led by Seed with support from AYCC.