Communities reclaiming power and social justice in the face of climate change

Maria Fernandes-Jesus, Brendon Barnes, Raquel Farias Diniz

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As the climate crisis accelerates and disproportionately affects marginalised communities and countries in the global South, the need for power and social justice approaches is particularly important. Community psychology, with a long interest in the impacts of power discrepancies on the well-being of groups and communities, can offer theoretical and practical tools for addressing climate change and environmental problems without reproducing or intensifying existing inequalities and injustices. This special issue looks at communities’ struggles for climate and environmental justice by focusing on how they resist, contest and overcome power inequalities. The issue consists of one perspective and six empirical articles. Most contributions come from high climate vulnerable countries and regions in the global South. Authors address current and relevant environmental and climate change issues such as renewable energy and natural resource extraction, social transformations and extreme weather events, the links between poverty, rurality and climate change, youth empowerment, and racism in climate activism. Inspired by their contributions, community psychology approaches and interdisciplinary research on environmental and climate justice, we discuss a research and intervention agenda for a community psychology of climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalCommunity Psychology in Global Perspective.
Issue number2-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Climate change
  • Decolonising methodologies
  • Global South
  • Power
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health (social science)


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