Glasgow Caledonian University’s Centre for Climate Justice conducts research and educational activities on climate justice with the goal of promoting challenging conversations on the societal impacts of climate change, gaining deeper insights of climate inequality and changing the narrative on climate action.

Headed by Professor Tahseen Jafry, the Centre believes the poorest and most vulnerable people in society are bearing the biggest burden of climate change, but they are the people least likely to have contributed to the human causes of climate change and are less likely to be able to adapt to its impacts.

The Centre takes a global lead in the delivery of action research which will improve policy, development and critical insights into climate justice. Its aim is to deliver pragmatic and lasting solutions which improve the wellbeing of society, enhance people’s rights and promote a climate-just world.

The experiences of people in Sub-Saharan Africa during the coronavirus pandemic have been recorded by Glasgow Caledonian University researchers with the aim of changing future government and NGO thinking.

The Centre for Climate Justice has undertaken a four-month project with the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance to explore the impact of COVID-19 by compiling case studies from Kenya, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Gabon and Morocco.

More specifically, the study focused on the way the pandemic has affected the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement, a global pact aimed at alleviating the impact of climate change while building the resilience of countries and communities.

The gathered data will now be used to inform and develop recommendations to policy makers on how best to shape post-COVID-19 reconstruction on the continent, as well as inform climate conversations ahead of COP 26.