Climate Change is a Human Rights and Equality Issue

Climate change demands climate action, and climate action demands societal change.

Climate change poses an immediate and pervasive threat to the natural environment and societies throughout the world, including Ireland.

This video introduces our Policy Statement on a Just Transition (published April 2023), which includes:

  • 15 key policy recommendations;
  • calls for the immediate establishment of the promised Just Transition Commission;
  • and that human rights and equality are explicitly included in the Just Transition Commission mandate and embedded in the functions, expertise and diversity in its governing body and staff.

No one and no place behind

Human rights and equality standards must form an integral part of our transition towards a low-carbon country. We must ensure that a move towards a climate neutral economy happens in a fair way, leaving no one and no place behind.

What does Just Transition mean?

Just Transition is a vision-led, unifying set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to address climate change in a way that is just and equitable. The EU Just Transition Mechanism is a key tool to ensure that the transition towards a climate-neutral economy happens in a fair way, leaving no one and no place behind. It provides targeted support to help mobilise approximately €55 billion over the period 2021-2027 in the most affected regions, to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the transition.

Our Policy Statement on a Just Transition is available at:

Our press release on our policy statement is available at: