EcoEquity is a small, activist think tank that has had an outsized impact on the international climate justice debate. It has done this primarily, but not exclusively, by way of the Greenhouse Development Rights project.
More generally, EcoEquity is focused on developing and promoting climate solutions that are just enough to actually work. Through our participation in both domestic and international networks of both 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. In other words, we focus on the development and promotion of new approaches in which the politics of economic justice (global as well as domestic) 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 work to develop domestic approaches to climate justice that explicitly and organically expand into the project of a just global transition. We believe that, particularly given the failure of 2010′s push for US climate legislation — and the major rethink that it has catalyzed — it is critical to stress the US’s role in the international deadlock, and its responsibility to help break it. This is of course true for both realist and moral reasons.