Climate Justice

In order to avert a climate catastrophe, we must transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. On both a domestic and a global level, climate change hurts poor people and communities of color first and worst, so we seek solutions that center economic and racial justice as critical components of addressing climate change.

Latest Work

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The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution

Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color.
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It's Lonely Being a Person of Color in the Sustainable Energy Sector

When it comes to diversity, there's a "green ceiling" in many climate action groups, even as climate change affects people of color first and worst.
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Texas Is Flooded Because Our Democracy Is, Too

Our culture of legalized bribery makes climate disasters more likely, but there's an alternative.
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Climate Change is a Bigger Threat Than Any Military — Our Budget Should Reflect That

Facing financial ruin and the ruins of South Texas, some hawks want to throw more money at the military. That's ludicrous.
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How Energy Department Whistleblowers Outsmarted the Trump Administration

Rick Perry was all ready to release a broadside against clean energy policies. Career civil servants pulled the rug out.
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The View From the U.S.'s 'Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier'

Ratcheting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are now nothing new for its Pacific colony Guam.
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Dirty Energy's Quiet War on Solar Energy

Investing in the renewable energy economy is a win-win-win for consumers, but fossil fuel interests will do anything to prove otherwise.
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In Guam, the Gravest Threat Isn’t North Korea—It’s the United States

The United States is using this Pacific colony as its own private firing range.
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One Year Into Duterte's Bloody Regime

There are countless reasons why President Duterte’s Drug War isn’t helping Philippine society—and a $140 million reason President Trump might be willing to look the other way.
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Making Utility Bills Rise Again

The mercury is rising, and so are utility bills. So why does this administration want to scrap those Energy Star labels that help us save?
The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

The World Won't Wait for the U.S. to Take Climate Action

While Trump puts his fossil fuel interests first, cities, states, and the international community will move towards a clean energy transition, IPS associate fellow Daphne Wysham told the Real News Network.
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Trump’s War on the Climate Will Send U.S. Scientists Fleeing Abroad

But by pursuing aggressive climate change action, states can create opportunities for scientists and engineers to remain in the United States. Let’s just hope they don’t jump ship for France first.
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The Silver Lining of Trump's Paris Withdrawal

Exiting the Paris climate pact is a colossal foreign policy mistake. But it may prevent the U.S. from watering down future agreements.
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Cities and States Can Lead the Way Towards a Clean Energy Transition

As the Trump administration continues to falsely claim that fossil fuels are needed for job growth, cities and states can play a larger role in addressing climate change and creating jobs, IPS climate policy expert Basav Sen told Rising Up with Sonali.
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The U.S. Must Honor the Commitments it Made in the Paris Agreement

As the Trump administration weighs its decision on the Paris Accord, our planet and our pockets remain at risk, Janet Redman tells the Real News Network.
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How We Can Get Out of Our Coal Hole

States that invest in renewables are reaping the rewards. Those that stick to coal are courting a mining collapse.

Jacqueline Patterson Presentation: Challenging the U.S. War on the Atmosphere

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State and Local Governments Can Take the Lead on Climate Policy

Policy change at the state level can keep environmental policy rolling forward, even as the federal government tries to roll it back.
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Solar Energy Is An Equity Issue

A new report explains how states and cities can lift up low-income households through green energy initiatives.
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Let’s Face It: Coal Industry Is a Job Killer

Wind and solar could create many, many more jobs than coal — especially if the government stops propping it up.
Climate Policy

The Climate Policy Program aims to support the transition from a financially extractive, fossil fueled economy, to an equitable, democratic and local living economy. We focus our program strategy on building policy platforms for the transition, defining the proper role for public finance, and promoting institutions that protect people and the planet.

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Drug Policy

The Drug Policy Project combines scholarship with activism to transform drug control policy both at home and abroad. The Project works with grassroots entities, media, and policy makers to shift away from the drug “war” paradigm and its disastrous impacts on the environment, toward holistic policies that address public health and safety.

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OtherWords

OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service that distributes progressive commentaries to heartland newspapers across the United States.

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Peace Economy Transitions

The Peace Economy Transitions project has three components: First, writing, speaking and organizing in support of a demilitarized economy; second, working on models of community transition from defense dependency to alternative economic foundations; and third, building and maintaining a digital archive of peace economy research from the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 periods.

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Affiliated Projects

Nuclear Policy

IPS Associate Fellow Bob Alvarez leads this project focused on nuclear disarmament, environmental, and energy policies.

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Reports

Report: Green Climate Fund, A Performance Check

An initial assessment of whether the Green Climate Fund is living up to its mandate finds that its becoming a sideshow to big development banks.

Report: How States Can Boost Renewables With Benefits for All

Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-Income Households

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

Utilities Pay Up

How ending tax dodging by America's electric utilities can help fund a job-creating, clean energy transition.

Walking the Talk?

World Bank Energy-Related Policies and Financing, 2000-2004 to 2010-2014

Executive Excess 2015: Money to Burn

This 22nd annual report reveals how CEO pay is accelerating climate change.

Experts

Basav Sen

Project Director

Climate Policy

Sanho Tree

Project Director

Drug Policy

Robert Alvarez

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Nuclear Policy

Janet Redman

Associate Fellow

Climate Policy

Oscar Reyes

Associate Fellow

Climate Policy