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Four principles for climate justice

1 RICH TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

The burden of adjustment to the climate crisis must be borne by those who created it. This means:

2 LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND

Climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels. We need to *stop it at source*. Leave the coal in the hole, the oil in the soil. Invest instead in energy efficiency and a massive expansion of *community-controlled renewable energy*.

3 FAIR AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS

Climate solutions should actually work, and not create further problems. This means:

4 EQUAL ACCESS TO RESOURCES

Natural resources must be conserved for the common good, not privatized and unsustainably exploited. *People’s sovereignty over land, energy, forests and water* must be upheld and reclaimed.

New Internationalist issue 419 magazine cover This article is from the January-February 2009 issue of New Internationalist.
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