Many people think that economic justice is a nice add-on to the climate fight. It isn’t. Without economic justice the fight to tackle the climate crisis will fail. That is because if the great burden of this transition is placed on the shoulders of middle-income and lower-income groups (and especially if the risks of an economically unjust transition materialise, as our second edition will show,) then majorities will not only start to oppose the changes — as the Gilets Jaunes protests in France have shown us — but they will also become prey to fake news and demagogues who seek to overturn the climate justice movement. Tax justice, economic justice, and climate justice must be joined at the hip.
Says it all really, doesn’t it?
The bit they’re missing being this. We just had a nationwide poll on whether we should be having that economic justice. The preponderance of those who took part decided that no, economic justice wasn’t what they wanted. Nor social justice. Because the parties proposing that social and economic justice lost the election, didn’t they.
So, insisting upon folding in that thing which people do not want to the treatment of climate change makes treating climate change less, not more, likely, doesn’t it?