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CSDevNet, Others decipher the Intersection of Social Justice and Climate Justice: Integrating Social Justice in Climate Action

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Report by Paul Gwumapan Joseph

The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) actively participated in a 2-day workshop on Intersection of social Justice and Climate Change: Integrating Social Justice in Climate Action hosted by The Voice of Nigeria Social Justice Community of Practice (CoP) in Abuja, from April 15 to April 16, 2024.

The workshop aimed to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on integrating social justice principles into climate action initiatives. It focused on the critical link between social justice and climate change, ensuring equitable and inclusive responses to environmental challenges.

Giving his opening remark, Mr. Victor Terhemba, the Chairman Planning Committee, Voice Nigeria Social Justice CoP underscored the importance of addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities and ensure that climate responses are equitable, inclusive and sustainable.

“It is crucial for CSOs to continue advocating for inclusive approaches to address climate change and social justice,” he said.

Keynote speaker, Mr. Ibrahim Joseph, Program Manager at Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIPSEF), highlighted how climate change is a matter of fairness, not just environmental concern, advocating for inclusive and comprehensive policies.

Panel Discussions focused on creating inclusive policies and raising awareness, emphasizing the importance of engaging marginalized communities in decision-making processes.

CSDevNet’s Representative at the Panel Discussion

Aliyu Sadiq, Executive Director, Ecocycle, delivered an insighful analysis of impactful case studies, showcasing successful initiatives that effectively address both social justice and climate action.

Mr. Seyifunmi Adebote, State Coordinator, International Climate Change Development Initiative, provided a comprehensive examination of climate change policies in Nigeria, highlighting the opportunities and challenges they present.

Mr. Martin-Mary Falana, facilitated an interactive group workshop aimed at building capacity for advocacy and action.

The workshop provided valuable knowledge and skills to participants, strengthened commitment to integrating social justice into climate action efforts, and inspired participants to make pledges for driving positive change within their areas of influence.

Overall, the workshop fostered a deeper understanding of the critical link between social justice and climate action, empowering CSOs to advocate for equitable and inclusive solutions.

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