Systemic Justice celebrates its second anniversary. The organisation was founded on the recognition that real, systemic change requires challenging the status quo; that it requires tackling root causes in an intersectional and community-driven way.
Achieving climate justice requires so much more than adopting mitigation and adaptation measures, or setting targets for net zero. It requires a complete overhaul of the status quo to address the historical conditions and systems of oppression that have fuelled the climate crisis. This includes the dismantling of (neo)colonial capitalist structures that are baked into our laws, and replacing them with legal frameworks that properly honour communities and protect our planet, such as the proper recognition of community land and the rights of nature.
This toolkit seeks to demystify and deconstruct how the law and litigation can be used strategically to push for change on communities’ own terms, and includes a guide for legal action, a glossary of essential legal terms, and a conversation starter for communities to begin exploring the potential of litigation in their own spaces.
How can communities fighting for justice leverage the full power of litigation for their causes and campaigns? We’ve developed our first series of resources to start building up a community toolkit for change.
Our approach at Systemic Justice is to empower marginalised communities fighting for racial, social, and economic justice. We believe in a future where communities lead strategic litigation on their terms.
Our second in-person retreat of the Community of Practice has just come to a close, marking the first anniversary of this Community of lawyers, litigators, and litigating organisations.