STEM Teaching Tool #97

What is climate justice learning?

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Educators & Curriculum Authors should take up the dimensions of the CJE Framework as they adapt or author climate units and lessons. They should reflect on:

  • Which dimensions of CJE are easier to weave into your teaching today? Which may be a challenge and why?
  • What specific dimension(s) do you want to hold central in your work? What do you need to learn more about?
  • How will you know if you are attending to a dimension well? Can you collaborate with educators teaching other subjects?

What Is The Issue?

The climate crisis is grounded in colonial, racial, social, economic, and material injustices. As it becomes more tangible and pronounced in our everyday lives, educators are recognizing these injustices and setting out to not only teach about climate change, but also to seed justice. However, without a clear definition of climate justice education, many such attempts are oversimplified or whitewashed. Here we offer a Climate Justice Education (CJE) Framework for defining climate justice education through 12 intersecting dimensions that provide starting points to identify what should be taught, with whom, and how.


By Deb L. Morrison, Kelsie Fowler, Philip Bell & Taiji Nelson | March 2024

Attending to Equity

“Climate justice” was introduced by Dr. Edith Brown Weiss in 1989 as a problem at the nexus of human rights and climate change. Many climate leaders have refined its meaning since. The 2002 Bali Principles of Climate Justice clarified that the differential impacts of climate change on BIPOC and Global South communities must be recognized and reparated.

Recommended Actions You Can Take

CJE grounds learning in specific dimensions:


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