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

part I|57 pages

Theories of climate justice

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?

chapter 8|14 pages

Reimagining development practice

Mainstreaming justice into planning frameworks

chapter 9|14 pages

Climate justice in the UK

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

chapter 10|11 pages

Equity and justice in climate change law and policy

A role for benefit-sharing

chapter 11|11 pages

Leading from the bench

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

part III|57 pages

Climate justice, finance and business

chapter 12|12 pages

Climate finance

Moral theory and political practice

chapter 14|11 pages

Carbon pricing and climate justice

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

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

chapter 18|14 pages

Climate technology and climate justice

Energy transitions in Germany, India and Australia

chapter 20|14 pages

Climate justice and REDD+

A multiscalar examination of the Norwegian-Ethiopian partnership

part V|70 pages

Urban Climate Justice

chapter 22|9 pages

Configuring climate responsibility in the city

Carbon footprints and climate justice in Hong Kong

chapter 23|14 pages

The shifting geographies of climate justice

Mobile vulnerabilities in and across Indian cities

chapter 25|17 pages

Thermal inequity

The relationship between urban structure and social disparities in an era of climate change

part VI|58 pages

Climate Justice and Gender

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

chapter 28|15 pages

A multiscale analysis of gender in climate change adaptation

Evidence from Malawi

chapter 29|12 pages

Participatory climate governance in Southeast Asia

Lessons learned from gender-responsive climate mitigation

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

chapter 31|11 pages

Mother Earth and climate justice

Indigenous peoples’ perspectives of an alternative development paradigm

chapter 32|18 pages

Negotiating climate justice at the subnational scale

Challenges and collaborations between indigenous peoples and subnational governments

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

part VIII|63 pages

Emerging areas in climate justice

chapter 34|12 pages

Beyond the academy

Reflecting on public scholarship about climate justice

chapter 35|15 pages

Climate migration

The emerging need for a human-centred approach

chapter 36|15 pages

Climate justice education

From social movement learning to schooling

chapter 38|7 pages