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Climate justice: Equity and justice informing a new climate agreement

This paper explores the role of equity in the climate negotiations. It outlines the argument as to why climate change is an issue of injustice by examining the environmental challenges posed by climate change and links those challenges to socio-ecological and economic systems that undermine the rights of people, especially the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. The paper then analyses the role of justice and equity in designing a new climate agreement and examines several perspectives to highlight those issues that must be addressed in the new agreement. The paper concludes by exploring the potential of climate justice narratives in mobilizing domestic constituencies of demand for climate action. The authors suggest a variety of constituencies that can use climate justice narratives and how similar narratives have been used in other social movements.