Climate Justice Fund

The poorest and most vulnerable people in society are bearing the biggest burden of climate change, but they are the people least likely to have contributed to the human causes of climate change and are less likely to be able to adapt to its impacts.

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice is dedicated to achieving meaningful social change, taking a global lead on delivering solutions to improve the wellbeing of society and promote a climate-just world. Initially established through a partnership with the Mary Robinson Foundation, the Centre addresses the overarching objective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ‘leaving no one behind’.

Support the Climate Justice Fund
Financial support through the Climate Justice Fund will help to advance the work of the Centre to promote a fair and just transition to net zero. Donations of all size can make a real difference.

All funds raised will support priority projects including:

MSc Climate Justice Scholarships

Each year, the effects of climate change become more pronounced. People all over the world are displaced due to rising sea levels, crop-destroying droughts and increasingly frequent floods and forest fires. Over the next decade, these climate consequences will only intensify. How we chose to move forward is one of the most important ethical questions we face.

The growing field of climate justice needs people who can help craft public policy at local or global level, work with non-profit and intergovernmental agencies, assist developmental organisations or pursue academic research in the field.

MSc Climate Justice scholarships will ensure talented students from some of the communities most impacted by climate change, locally and internationally, have the opportunity to advance their education and be at the forefront of leading the transition to a fairer, more sustainable society.

Find out more about the MSc Climate Justice programme here.

Advancing Equitable, Just and Gender Sensitive Climate Finance For ALL

A platform to support fair finance for those living in climate-hit regions, with a focus on women and girls from the most vulnerable communities. Delivered in partnership with the African Development Bank and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, with Dr Mary Robinson as special advisor, the project calls upon governments and civil society in the developed world to make a long-term commitment to provide a sustainable source of finance, addressing the impact of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the goods and services they buy.

This platform will provide an opportunity for the design, development, adoption and uptake of Just and Gender Sensitive Climate Finance approaches, tool kits and other mechanisms in programme and project design and roll out.  Activities include the sensitization/orientation of national governments and private sector organizations for gender sensitive approaches to programming design; climate change, resilience and climate financing. Identifying entry points for national, sub-regional and regional policies, plans and programmes for gender sensitive climate financing and creating awareness of, access to and availability of gender sensitive climate financing.

Let’s Talk About Climate Injustice Campaign

A programme of work to support the development and implementation of supportive hubs in the poorest countries of Africa such as Malawi and Rwanda that are safe spaces for women, girls and families to come together face to face or virtually, in small or large groups to talk about their experiences of dealing with the impacts of climate change.

The Let’s Talk About Climate Injustice Campaign enables women and girls in particular is a small scale but ‘game changing’ lifeline to support rebuilding lives and livelihoods, resilience and address issues such as vulnerability, insecurity, destabilisation and increased social and economic inequality caused by climate change.  The devastating projection from the Institute for Economics & Peace Ecological Threat Register 2020 report, that by the end of 2050, 1.2 billion people are predicted to have been displaced due to weather events thus laying the foundations for other social problems, such as conflict over resources, gendered violence and trafficking, wars and loss of identity.  The Lets Talk About Climate Injustice Campaign will help to provide a grass roots voice to tackling these issues from a climate injustice lens.

Alternatively to discuss a specific collaboration or piece of work you would like to fund please email foundation@gcu.ac.uk.