The burning case for climate reparations:
Colonialism, corporate power and restorative climate justice
• Lumumba Di-Aping, longstanding climate justice advocate from South Sudan and chief negotiator for the G77 group of developing countries at the landmark UN climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009
• Further speakers tbc
For centuries, reparations activists and communities across the global south have demanded reparations and planetary repairs in response to colonialism. Now they are increasingly calling for climate reparations in response to climate breakdown.
Colonialism created the world that gave us climate breakdown and also brought the beginnings of debt, unfair trade rules and corporate power that have led to the deep inequalities of wealth and power in the world, and also to climate injustice. Western governments and fossil fuel companies bear much responsibility, yet they rarely acknowledge their role.
There cannot be climate justice without reparations – not just monetary compensation for the losses faced by the global south, but repairing the damage done by climate change and ending the economic violence that’s driving it.
Come and hear from our speakers about the case for climate reparations, ask questions, explore the issues and the solutions, and consider the actions we might take here in Scotland to recognise the damage done, and to ensure a just transition to a fossil fuel free world.
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