The Cambridge Climate Frontline Programme started in order to fill the gap between the scientific knowledge found in Cambridge and frontline communities knowledge about climate change and its impacts. We want to amplify the voices of those struggling far from Cambridge and join forces to raise awareness and fight in solidarity for a truly just and sustainable world.
Following a successful lecture series, CCLS now seeks to amplify the voices of those hit the hardest by climate change, subjected to climate injustice on a daily basis. In this way, the Frontline Programme hopes to highlight the associated socio-political issues, challenging the ethics of a universal problem. Shifting from the more technical science behind climate change presented in the Climate Lecture Series, the Frontline Programme gives a platform to the communities actually suffering from – and thereby truly understanding - the very real impacts of climate change. Ultimately, those least responsible for climate change are suffering its gravest consequences. And, while they display some of the most innovative ways of combating it, they should not be the sole bearers of its burden.
The Cambridge Climate Frontline Programme intends to showcase an alternative narrative, enabling us to learn from the values of frontline communities which place the ‘Environment’ at the centre of their culture. If you (as an individual, or as part of an organisation) believe that your contribution to this narrative is one that we should hear, then follow the link below to apply for the Frontline Grant!
The Programme will provide a budget of up to £2500 for the selected individuals and / or organisations to carry out a self-managed, independent communication programme. Let us know how you might use this to further your own work!
The deadline for applications is 20th Mayl 2019.
Image credit: If Not Us Then Who (winners of the 2018 Frontline grant).
1. Recognise the justice dimension in climate change. Communicate the importance of regarding climate change as one more symptom of a world order that causes many other related social injustices. Stress the fact that on one hand a few minority of privileged individuals and companies in western societies have been responsible for most of the global warming to day. On the other hand, the consequences of climate change have to be mainly suffered by a majority of impoverished and already marginalised communities, usually in the Global South.