Intending to intervene in the production of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, IICAT invited climate justice movement scholars and activists to join us in asking the title question, What Now For Climate Justice?
In the months leading up to UNFCCC Conference of the Parties 20 (COP 20), convened in Lima, Peru 2014, we edited the submissions into this report and released it on December 5, 2014 at this Press Conference (now part of the UNFCCC’s permanent archive of on demand webcasts).
COP 20 in Lima produced the negotiating text that, over the next year of input for the global range of participating social forces, morphed that negotiating text into the final 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change (agreed on December 15, 2015 at COP 21). We like to think that some number of decision-makers read our Report and thereby had their input into the Paris process sensitized to the issues of human rights and climate justice that we raise in its pages.
Whether this is wishful thinking or not, and the shortcomings of the Paris Agreement do seem to indicate that the ultimate effect of our Report might have been less than we might have ultimately desired, our Report does effectively document our unique method of public sociology: global, conflict-seeking, theoretical & historical participatory action research ethnography.