The Climate Justice Collective (CJC) is a UK-wide network set up to engage in and support climate justice activism. It formed out of the Camp for Climate Action following its decision not to organise on a national level in 2011.

CJC is committed to continuing to take action against the root causes of catastrophic climate change, which is already killing 300,000 people a year and severely impacting many more lives. We think continuing the fight to protect the climate is ever more urgent in the light of unprecedented levels of environmental devastation, alongside widespread hunger and poverty fuelled and worsened by unjust debt and austerity measures. To us, climate justice means both environmental and social justice. We do not believe that climate change is merely a result of misguided energy policies. Instead, we see both climate change and poverty as being rooted in an economic system based on the ‘needs’ of the market, private profit and endless economic growth, as opposed to the genuine needs of people and our planet.

CJC believes that avoiding climate catastrophe requires radical social change and new models of political and economic organisation based on sustainability, participatory democracy and social justice. We recognise that the fundamental changes we believe are needed put us in opposition to those with powerful vested interests in maintaining the status quo: multi-national corporations and the governments in their pockets; so our focus is not on trying to persuade them to change their ways, but on challenging these power structures. To do this, we will employ a variety of tactics, including direct action. We organise in an ‘anti-hierarchical’ way, making decisions by consensus, and seeking to achieve both autonomy and accountability.

On this basis, people from all around England, Scotland and Wales have been getting together since early 2011 to discuss how we can work together to support and initiate climate justice activism in the UK.


CJC has three principal aims for 2012:

1. To help to join together campaigns on different energy issues;

2. To invite people to join CJC and get more people involved in climate justice activism;

3. To participate in the anti-cuts and Occupy movements and make the case for climate

As fossil fuels are becoming more scarce, energy companies are turning to ever dirtier and more expensive and environmentally-destructive fuel sources and extraction methods to keep their profits soaring. These include: biofuels, deep sea oil drilling, fracking, new coal, new nuclear and tar sands. CJC works closely with groups focusing on these ‘extreme energy’ issues, to strengthen and inspire one another in our common cause of achieving climate and environmental justice.

As well as supporting existing struggles, we are initiating and developing our own projects. Fuel Poverty Action is a campaign group started by people from CJC. It is working on supporting community action against the greedy ‘Big Six’ energy companies and unaffordable energy bills that are a symptom of our profit-driven energy system and its addiction to expensive fossil fuels and other unsustainable energy sources.

There is an alternative: community-controlled renewable energy schemes and energy saving can lead the way to a sustainable, democratic and affordable energy future for all. To get there, we need daring and creative grassroots action to challenge the greed, corruption, environmental devastation and social injustice of our corporate-controlled economic and political systems.

Our campaigning against the Big Six energy companies – Centrica (British Gas), EDF Energy, E.On, Npower, Scottish Power and Scottish & Southern Energy – and for energy democracy is being stepped up with a mass direct action on May 3rd 2012: The Big Six Energy Bash.

By wrecking the climate, polluting the environment, stealing and squandering the planet’s resources, imposing unjust austerity measures and creating extreme poverty, the 1% elite controlling the world’s economy is destroying people’s hopes for a healthy planet and a decent standard of living for all. More and more people are choosing to stand up and resist. CJC wants to contribute to this fight, and we want you to join us!


Website address: http://www.climatejusticecollective.org/#/about/4561591358


I’ve re-written this whole section to try and make it more reflective of CJC as a whole. See what you think.


Ruth wrote on Wednesday (via CJC e-mail list):

“Re “About us” we’ve now had people at our meetings from both Scotland and Wales , so “from around the country” could be inaccurate. Yet " UK " can also be a problem for some Irish people. I think the original idea of listing actual cities was good, but since we may not now be able to name all the places, maybe "from many parts of England , Scotland and Wales " would do the trick."


I’ve now amended the text in response to Ruth’s suggestion above.


Ruth wrote on Wednesday (via CJC e-mail list):

“Re “Why CJC”, I think it would be a mistake to cut out the existing para about poverty and energy-efficient homes, as per Dan’s redraft. The Big Bash is about energy sources but CJC is about much more, including ultimately (I hope) stopping the squandering of energy not only on planes, cars, and draughty homes but also on advertising, built-in obsolescence, executive jets, policing, wars, arms production, and flying prawns from Scotland to Thailand to have the shells removed by cheap labour and then flying them back again. Most of the economy, in fact (let alone “growth”). I will try to draft something that makes this connection and more of a connection with austerity and “where is the money going”, but in the meantime I think we should keep the existing version of this para which at least makes a nod towards the issue of waste and includes the housing issue, and employment – both really important."


What do others think about this? I’m in favour of keeping the text fairly simple and concise at this stage, rather than making it too detailed. Also, this is the CJC page, not the Fuel Poverty Action group page, so I don’t think it makes sense to go into detail here about fuel poverty-related issues: people can go to the Fuel Poverty Action group website for that.


Ruth – like what you wrote but I think it was too long for this purpose. I’ve tried to condense your piece and chopped it about a bit, hope you think it’s okay. Jx


On Saturday 7 April 09:08AM, ‘ruthester’ wrote:

“This draft (version 6) is longer. Do people think that is ok for our website? I think it is where we have a chance to explain what we are actually about. Succinct and quite powerful as the other drafts were, I didn’t feel they captured all of what we started CJC for — too much focus on energy production, at the expense of our original vision which was after all anti-capitalist, for the commons, and wanting a visible connection with cuts and austerity. I think it was also a bit too succinct — if you express things without spelling them out you are inevitably making assumptions about where people are already at, and limiting your audience. What do people think of the draft below? I hope I haven’t taken liberties with the common statement etc that we reached consensus on — or have I?

“I agree with Dan about some of the original version really belonging to Fuel Poverty. I have moved it to a redraft of a page for FPA website, and have added to it there. But I have run out of time and this page is just sketching out what could go on it.

“I’m sorry all the formatting seems to have been lost when I pasted this in. Crabgrass inserted stars where there is meant to be bold.”


I’ve made some further, fairly minor edits to James’s version.


cheers, dan, i made some minor edits to your minor edits, to make more emphasis on austerity, to remove talk of ‘future generations’ which i personally am not so into as i think it distracts from climate change damage going on now, and to remove something about ‘harmony with nature’ that I worried made us sound a bit too hippy! nice work on this everyone!


Done a wee bit of further tinkering!


This all looks really good! I just wonder if there should be an additional ‘get involved’ tab since this ends with ‘we want you to join us!’ – i.e., which includes info like cjc guidelines, induction process, where & how frequently meetings are currently happening etc..? Plus maybe the usual ‘set up your own group’ suggestion. Probably not immediately urgent cos of the big six bash coming up, but what do people think?…


… also an option to subscribe to cjc emails, unless the group has decided these shouldn’t be open (?)


And finally! Can we move the blog to the home page? Would make it more prominent and also visitors would get more current content straight away …


I think it’s ok generally, tho I can’t go thru it properly now I’d be happy to run with this. One thing: I edited the third para — worried that people wd misinterpret the last line of that para (ie what was the last line of it) as opposing structures altogether (as often happens); hope we can let the guidelines speak for themselves on this? Also I am not sure it’s a matter of BALANCE between autonomy and accountability, so I reworded that. Hope that’s ok w ppl?

Also, tiny point, the formatting of the headings comes out a bit funny here, emphasising “US” and “WE” which could sound a bit bigheaded, but presumably it’s just a crabgrass glitch, or something. X R


Thanks, Ruth, Your changes are fine by me. Yes, I think the ‘US’ and ‘WE’ must be a Crabgrass glitch.

Can we set a deadline of 9pm on Sunday 15 April to upload the latest version of this text?

One more thought: since CJC relies on its guidelines as a key document, shouldn’t they appear on the website somewhere?