The term "climate justice" began to gain traction in the late 1990s following a wide range of activities by social and environmental justice movements that emerged in response to the operations of the fossil fuel industry and, later, to what their members saw as the failed global climate governance model that became so transparent at COP15 in Copenhagen. The term continues to gain momentum in discussions around sustainable development, climate change, mitigation and adaptation, and has been slowly making its way into the world of international and national policy. However, the connections between these remain unestablished.

Addressing the need for a comprehensive and integrated reference compendium, The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice provides students, academics and professionals with a valuable insight into this fast-growing field. Drawing together a multidisciplinary range of authors from the Global North and South, this Handbook addresses some of the most salient topics in current climate justice research, including just transition, urban climate justice and public engagement, in addition to the field’s more traditional focus on gender, international governance and climate ethics. With an emphasis on facilitating learning based on cutting-edge specialised climate justice research and application, each chapter draws from the most recent sources, real-world best practices and tutored reflections on the strategic dimensions of climate justice and its related disciplines.

The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice will be essential reading for students and scholars, as well as being a vital reference tool for those practically engaged in the field.

chapter 1|9 pages


Justice in the era of climate change
ByTahseen Jafry, Michael Mikulewicz, Karin Helwig

part Part I|57 pages

Theories of climate justice

chapter 3|16 pages

On inquiry into climate justice

ByIdil Boran

chapter 4|15 pages

Fact-insensitive thought experiments in climate ethics

Exemplified by Parfit’s non-identity problem
ByJörg Tremmel

chapter 5|11 pages

A narrative account of temporality in climate justice

ByNejma Tamoudi, Michael Reder

part Part II|81 pages

Climate justice governance, policy and litigation

chapter 6|12 pages

Global political processes and the Paris Agreement

A case of advancement or retreat of climate justice?
BySusan P. Murphy

chapter 7|17 pages

Statehood in an era of sinking islands

ByTom Sparks

chapter 8|14 pages

Reimagining development practice

Mainstreaming justice into planning frameworks
ByRitwika Basu, Amir Bazaz

chapter 9|14 pages

Climate justice in the UK

Reconciling climate change and equity issues in policy and practice in a developed country context
ByKatharine Knox

chapter 10|11 pages

Equity and justice in climate change law and policy

A role for benefit-sharing
ByAnnalisa Savaresi, Kim Bouwer

chapter 11|11 pages

Leading from the bench

The role of judges in advancing climate justice and lessons from South Asia
ByEmeline Pluchon

part Part III|57 pages

Climate justice, finance and business

chapter 12|12 pages

Climate finance

Moral theory and political practice
ByAlexandre Gajevic Sayegh

chapter 13|19 pages

The inter-relationship between climate finance and climate justice in the UNFCCC

ByTessa Sheridan, Tahseen Jafry

chapter 14|11 pages

Carbon pricing and climate justice

Design elements for effective, efficient and equitable greenhouse gas emissions reductions
ByEdward Cameron

part Part IV|67 pages

Just transition

chapter 16|11 pages

From the dirty past to the clean future

Addressing historic energy injustices with a just transition to a low-carbon future
ByJ. Mijin Cha

chapter 18|14 pages

Climate technology and climate justice

Energy transitions in Germany, India and Australia
ByJames Goodman, Devleena Ghosh, Tom Morton

chapter 20|14 pages

Climate justice and REDD+

A multiscalar examination of the Norwegian-Ethiopian partnership
ByDavid Brown

part Part V|70 pages

Urban Climate Justice

chapter 21|11 pages

The climate-just city

ByWendy Steele, Jean Hillier, Donna Houston, Jason Byrne, Diana MacCallum

chapter 22|9 pages

Configuring climate responsibility in the city

Carbon footprints and climate justice in Hong Kong
BySara Fuller

chapter 23|14 pages

The shifting geographies of climate justice

Mobile vulnerabilities in and across Indian cities
ByEric Chu, Kavya Michael

chapter 25|17 pages

Thermal inequity

The relationship between urban structure and social disparities in an era of climate change
ByBruce C. Mitchell, Jayajit Chakraborty

part Part VI|58 pages

Climate Justice and Gender

chapter 26|10 pages

Climate justice, gender and intersectionality

ByPatricia E. Perkins

chapter 27|19 pages

“No climate justice without gender justice”

Explorations of the intersections between gender and climate injustices in climate adaptation actions in the Philippines
ByRoa Petra Crease, Meg Parsons, Karen Toni Fisher

chapter 28|15 pages

A multiscale analysis of gender in climate change adaptation

Evidence from Malawi
ByJane Maher

chapter 29|12 pages

Participatory climate governance in Southeast Asia

Lessons learned from gender-responsive climate mitigation
BySo-Young Lee, Eric Zusman

part Part VII|60 pages

Climate justice movements and struggles

chapter 30|13 pages

“Climate change is about us”

Fence-line communities, the NAACP and the grounding of climate justice
ByBrandon Derman

chapter 31|11 pages

Mother Earth and climate justice

Indigenous peoples’ perspectives of an alternative development paradigm
ByAlan Jarandilla Nuñez

chapter 32|18 pages

Negotiating climate justice at the subnational scale

Challenges and collaborations between indigenous peoples and subnational governments
ByColleen M. Scanlan Lyons, Maria DiGiano, Jason Gray, Javier Kinney, Magaly Medeiros, Francisca Oliveira de Lima Costa

chapter 33|16 pages

Understanding the crises, uncovering root causes and envisioning the world(s) we want

Conversations with the anti-pipeline movements in Canada
ByJen Gobby, Kristian Gareau

part Part VIII|63 pages

Emerging areas in climate justice

chapter 34|12 pages

Beyond the academy

Reflecting on public scholarship about climate justice
BySonja Klinsky

chapter 35|15 pages

Climate migration

The emerging need for a human-centred approach
BySennan Mattar, Enyinnaya Mbakwem

chapter 36|15 pages

Climate justice education

From social movement learning to schooling
ByCallum McGregor, Eurig Scandrett, Beth Christie, Jim Crowther

chapter 38|7 pages


ByTahseen Jafry