Climate Justice Charter

South Africa has a tradition of charterist politics. From African Claims, to the Freedom Charter and now our Constitution, which is a charter of rights, freedoms, institutions and procedures. However, in more recent times, in the context of climate crisis politics, people driven instruments as expressions of working class and popular power are also gaining a lot of significance. The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (Cochabamba Peoples Summit for Climate Justice, 2010), the Leap Manifesto in Canada, Generational Justice principles championed by school children in California to WOMIN’s mining charter etc., we need to build on this to confront the biggest challenge we face as a species. As democrats we are putting forward our demands, aspirations and alternatives to build a society that can mitigate and endure climate change.

Find below the final climate justice charter and some useful tools for understanding why we need it, and the science of climate change. 

Join the Climate Justice Charter Movement

Contact us at copac2[at] for more information

Climate Justice Charter

The charter is available in the following languages. Click on the links to download the charter.

English  isiZulu

Afrikaans  Sesotho

isiXhosa  Sepedi

Ndebele  Tsonga

Siswati   Venda



Endorse the Charter

Sign the petition on to endorse the Charter. 

Endorse as an organisation here

View list of endorsing organisations

Climate Science Pamphlet


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