Environmental justice has long been focused on the unequal protection received by poor communities, communities of colour, and Indigenous peoples across the globe, who are consistently exposed to more environmental conflicts, harms, and risk. On our current trajectory, the climate-challenged future will be one of ongoing and increasing environmental turbulence, disruption, and displacement, where communities will be faced with a constant convergence of crises – and experiences of injustice.
Our work at the Sydney Environment Institute examines the interlinked and entrenched impacts of social and environmental injustices on a range of populations – human and nonhuman alike – along with community demands for climate justice and justice in adaptation and resilience planning. Our world-leading work on multispecies justice focuses on expanding ethical responsibility beyond human beings, to the relationships with the rest of the world in which the human experience is immersed.
Our environmental justice projects explore the wide range of harms experienced in environmental injustice, the ‘why’ of such harms (racism, capital, extractionism, individualism), the entities humans owe justice to (future generations, other species, ecological communities), various principles used as the basis for claiming injustice, and numerous ways of communities and governments can implement justice (rights, democratic processes).