Gloucester City Hall
Climate Change and Climate Justice
With global negotiations to curb climate change going nowhere fast, energy analyst Janet Redman is calling for a grassroots climate justice movement to pressure procrastinating political leaders to act. The world needs “a binding treaty that mandates a clear target for reducing overall emissions and assigns each country a fair share of the work,” says Redman, one of the organizers of the massive demonstration for action on climate change in New York last September. What is missing, she says, is the political will to do it — and to pay for it.
Redman argues that corporate lobbyists are the main obstacle. To counter them, she calls for a “No More Dirty Energy Campaign” to force governments to cut taxpayer subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and shift money to community-centered renewable technologies that already exist.
Janet Redman is the director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. She appears regularly on radio, TV and in print sharing positive visions for fair and equitable climate action in the United States and overseas.
As a founding participant in the global Climate Justice Now! network, Redman brings hard-hitting policy analysis into grassroots organizing. She is currently working with grassroots coalitions and global campaigns like the Climate Justice Alliance and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice to develop innovative policies to reinvest in the new economy. She also serves on the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
Before joining IPS, Redman was a visiting faculty member at the College of the Atlantic and directed the Watershed Initiative of the Center for Applied Human Ecology at the College. Her involvement in youth and women’s empowerment through community farming and sustainability has allowed her to work with local activists from coastal Maine to Bangladesh.
Redman holds a master’s degree from Clark University in International Development and Social Change, where she focused on regional trade integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.