Climate Change, Climate Justice

As an enormous body of research makes explicitly clear, people of color, women, and especially the poor will bear the brunt of the catastrophic effects of climate change globally.  Climate change is without doubt the biggest social justice issue of this century as it is estimated that many millions of people, primarily in poor countries, are likely to face displacement, disease, war and death as a result of climate change caused primarily by rich Western countries. Climate Change, Climate Justice (CCCJ) at Tufts is an ad hoc committee that aims to connect environmental and social justice movements and initiatives inside and outside of Tufts.

Mission Statement:

The Tufts University Climate Change, Climate Justice Initiative aims to connect environmental movements to social justice movements.  We support climate change and climate justice education, research, and activism on local, national, and global levels.  We bring groups within and outside of the university together in order to address local and global community needs.  Moreover, we aspire to incorporate a social justice lens into climate change initiatives throughout the university, as well as to increase the diversity of those who are at the table in climate change research, policy making, and activism.

Current Activities:

CCCJ is collaborating with the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) to prepare for their annual conference , which in the fall of 2012 will be held at Tufts. The conference, entitled “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace,” will discuss the effects of our social and economic structures on how society is interfacing with the issue of climate change, examine the role deeply-rooted social inequality will play as climate disruption alters the world around us, and will explore effective, just, and sustainable solutions to climate justice and alternatives to destructive “business as usual” practices. CCCJ hopes to use the conference to engage the Tufts community in discourse about climate justice.

In addition, the CCCJ Initiative has won funding from the Tufts Innovates! program, which offers seed grants to encourage the exploration of new methods of teaching at the university, to implement an interdisciplinary undergraduate course called “Telling the Climate Justice Story” in fall 2012. The course aims to expose students to the issues surrounding climate change and climate justice and provide them with the means to become active and effective advocates for climate justice by integrating what they have learned into video and other innovative projects. Course research will be presented at the PJSA conference in October.

Working Group Members:


Antje Danielson
Administrative Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment

Dale Bryan
Assistant Director, Peace & Justice Studies

Denise Phillips
Coordinator of Programs and Special Projects, Africana Center

Jonathan Kenny
Professor of Chemistry

Julian Agyeman
Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Mieke van der Wansem
Associate Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy

Modhumita Roy
Associate Professor, English

Tina Woolston
Program Director, Office of Sustainability



May 21-25, 2012
Workshop: Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute

October 4-6, 2012
Conference: The annual meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace,” is held at Tufts


October 7, 2010
Presentation: “Call for Climate Justice at Tufts”

November 3, 2010
Film screening: “Climate Refugees”

May 23-27, 2011
Workshop: Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute

2009- 2010

May 24-28, 2010
Workshop: Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute


October 24, 2008
Community focus group on environmental justice

March 3, 2009
International Women’s Day Symposium on Climate Change, Women and Health

May 18-21, 2009
Workshop: Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute


September 1 – October 15, 2007
Exhibit: “Rising Tide, Sinking Nation: The Effects of Global Warming on Kiribati”

October 9, 2007
Presentation: “The Rising Tide: Boston and Beyond”

November 28, 2007
Presentation: “The Rising Tide: Development and Climate Change: Where is the Justice?”

January 31, 3008
Focus the Nation lectures and rally

April 3, 2008
Presentation by Beverly Wright and Ted Glick

May 19-22, 2008
Workshop: Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute