EcoEquity is a small, activist think tank that has had an outsized impact on the global climate equity debate. It has done this primarily, but not exclusively, by way of its work on fair shares international effort sharing, via first the Greenhouse Development Rights project and, more recently, its sucessor the Climate Equity Reference Project.
More generally, EcoEquity is focused on political and theoretical work on climate solutions that are fair enough to actually work. Through our participation in domestic and international networks of activists and scholars, we argue for emergency climate strategies that protect the poor, and more generally protect the rights of all people to dignified levels of just and sustainable development. This does not mean that we turn away from realism. It does mean that we reject forced optimism, and focus on approaches to the climate transition in which the politics of economic justice and the politics of emergency climate mobilization are one and the same.
EcoEquity works by emphasizing the importance of equity principles in all aspects of the policy response, by producing political and economic analyses that highlight equity issues, and by developing practical proposals for equitable climate policies. Our focus has been on the international negotiations but we also promote domestic approaches to climate justice that explicitly and organically expand into the project of a just global transition.
EcoEquity has done a great deal, but our greatest accomplishment has clearly been the development, along with collegues at the Stockholm Environment Institute, of the Climate Equity Reference Framework. You can find much more information about the CERP at its website at Climate Equity Reference Project.
EcoEquity is a virtual organization that lives as its project and partnerships, and as this website, which is curated by Tom Athanasiou, who is EcoEquity’s Executive Director. It is project of the Earth Island Institute, which supports it in all matters organizational and financial. Paul Baer — see below — has also been strongly associated with EcoEquity, as its research director and as a principle researcher. Tom and Paul’s details are below, as is a listing of friends and colleques that acts as EcoEquity’s informal advisory board.