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20 Jun 2018

Justice switches sides – opinion

tageszeitung (taz)

The term “just transition” was used at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue to mean limiting the economic consequences of decarbonisation in regions of industrial countries – a reasonable demand, Bernhard Pötter writes in an opinion piece for tageszeitung (taz). However, this must not result in forgetting about “the poorest of the poor who don’t contribute to the problem of climate change, but only suffer its consequences,” Pötter writes. These are the people we refer to when talking about “climate justice”, he added. “It would be a great injustice if the survival rights of the victims disappeared behind the self-righteousness of the perpetrators.”

Find the opinion piece in German here.

For background, read the CLEW article Germany's coal commission model for fair decarbonisation - union rep.

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