Environmental Justice Manifestos (and other key sources)

1969.  Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights, by Roderick Nash.

1991.  The Principles of Environmental Justice, drafted and adopted by the Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, October 24-27, 1991, Washington DC.

2001.  An Ecosocialist Manifesto, by Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy.

2015.  The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another.  Visit the website.

2016.  3rd International Ecosocialist Conference Final Manifesto, Bilbao, Spain on 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2016.

2017.  Environmental Justice Aotearoa, Centre for Environmental Justice, New Zealand.

additional key sources

Atlas of Environmental Justice, at Environmental Justice.org — 2329 cases of environmental injustice reported and mapped, extending the research and database of EJOLT (an organization whose mission has ended).

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE POLICY – California Resources Agency

Environmental Justice Definition: California law defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures and income with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” (Government Code Section 65040.12 and Public Resources Code Section [sic] 72000/30107.3). See also CA Public Resources Code 71110 – 71118, Division 4, Part 3, Environmental Justice.

2016.  Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Environmental Justice: Examining the Environmental Protection Agency’s Compliance and Enforcement of Title VI and Executive Order 12,898.  See also Title VI and Executive Order 12,898 (Clinton issued Executive Order 12,898 in 1994; see also the U.S. Department of Justice 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive order 12898; the 2014 U.S. Department of Justice Guidance Concerning Environmental Justice; and the US Department of Justice Title VI Legal Manual).

2013.  A NeoPresocratic Manifesto, by J. Baird Callicott, published in the Journal of Environmental Ethics [pdf]

2002.  Interview with Roderick Nash, giving context to his publication of the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights, quote:

I was a 30-year old-assistant professor in 1969 at the time of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Like most Santa Barbarans, I went down to the beach after the blowout on January 28 and watched the black tide come in. One response, as I just mentioned, was to head the committee that started the new environmental studies major the next year. The other was to respond to the call of the “January 28 Committee” for a declaration to be read on the one year anniversary of the spill. I took a copy of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence on my colleague’s (Dr. Barry Schuyler’s) sailboat out to the Channel Islands, which had been pretty well covered by the spill. I just sat in the cockpit, remembered the best ideas I had been teaching and researching in the late 1960s, and wrote the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights. It could have been more ecocentric—focusing on the rights of the environment rather than the rights of people to a healthy environment—but I had not yet moved my research focus to environmental ethics as I did in The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics (1989). Still, many seemed moved by the brief statement that I read before network TV cameras on January 28, 1970.

Climate Justice Manifestos (and other key sources)

1999.  Greenhouse Gangsters vs. Climate Justice, by Kenny Bruno, Joshua Karliner and China Brotsky — first usage of the term ‘climate justice’?

2002.  Bali Principles of Climate Justice, adopted using the “Environmental Justice Principles” developed at the 1991 People of Color Environmental Justice Leadership Summit, Washington, DC, as a blueprint.

2004.  The Durban Declaration on Carbon Trading, October 2004.

2007.  Climate Justice Now!, Founding Statement of CJN!.

2009.  System Change – Not Climate Change: A People’s Declaration from Kimaforum09Klimaforum, signed by 295 Organizations.

2010.  What Does Climate Justice Mean in Europe?, Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), February 2010.

2010.  African Climate Justice Manifesto, by the PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

2010.  Cochabamba – Documents of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Bolivia, April 2010:

People’s Agreement on Climate Change
and the Rights of Mother Earth (p. 3)

Indigenous People’s Declaration: ‘Mother Earth
can live without us, but we can’t live without her’ (p. 13)

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (p. 17)

See also Peoples Agreement, World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Cochabamba, April 2010 [original site link: Peoples Agreement, World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth]

2013.  Mary Robinson Foundation – Declaration on Climate Justice.

2014.  Margarita Declaration on Climate Change, Social PreCOP Preparatory Meeting, July 15 -18, 2014, Margarita Island, Venezuela.

2014.  The Paris Declaration of Federated States, Regions and Cities, World Summit of Regions for Climate.

2015.  Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground: A Declaration for the Health of Mother Earth, by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).

2017. COP 23 Statement of Principles, BlueGreen Alliance (“just transition”, finance, fossil fuel subsidies).

2018.  Hands off Mother Earth! (HOME) Manifesto against Geoengineering (the large-scale manipulation of climate and earth systems with unproven technologies), by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and 110+ organizations and social movements, including renowned environmental activists.

2018.  The Peoples’ Demands for Climate Justice, signed by 295,00+ individuals from 130 countries, and by 403 organizations

2019.  OUR MISSION — OUR DEMANDS, by Youth Climate Strike, US

2019.  Indigenous Principles of Just Transition (pdf) (web page) by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).  VIDEO: First Indigenous Just Transition Assembly.

additional key sources

2017.  The 10 Science ‘Must Knows’ on Climate Change, Prepared by the Earth League and Future Earth for the UNFCCC 23rd Conference of the Parties, 2017.

2017. UNFCCC COP 23 Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (November 15, 2017 Draft Conclusions proposed by the Chair; Recommendations of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice).

2009.  Climate Justice for a Changing Planet: A Primer for Policy Makers and NGOs, by Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger for the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service.