Ecological justice celebrates the interconnection and interdependence of all things, and recognizes our human responsibility to co-exist in harmony for the well-being of the Earth community.
Ecological Justice promotes human dignity, the self-determination of all persons, and the development of sustainable economies with justice for all within a finite world.
Creating an ecologically just civilization calls for inspiration, resourcefulness, imagination, and camaraderie. Responding to the urgency of the present global inequities and environmental degradation will require determination, solidarity, knowledge, and skills from each of us.
From a historic perspective - Ecological Justice is based on the fact that the dominant global economic, social, and political systems have favored and continue to primarily benefit a small minority of people. With such a small group of people wielding so much sway on lands, peoples, and resources far and wide across the world, this structure has led to the depletion of the Earth’s ecological diversity; ecosystem destruction; pollution of soil, sea and sky; species extinction; and climate change.
From a cultural perspective - Ecological Justice represents the common denominator among the progressive movements for change that have been a staple of our civilization throughout the 20th century, including feminism, civil rights, and environmentalism. It draws on principles of cooperation and challenges us to confront and change the problems inherent to an extraction- and waste-based growth economy.
From the perspective of place - Human history is made up of a series of dramatic migrations and long periods of settling, during which time people became indigenous to their lands. During this current period of unprecedented human mobility and population growth, ecological justice is a call for re-indigenizing, for once again belonging to the land, as it belongs to us.