Climate Justice

Join us for a dynamic and thought-provoking panel discussion as we delve into the urgent issue of climate justice and explore pathways towards compassionate, equitable, and actionable solutions to the climate crisis.


Our esteemed panelists, comprised from a mix of backgrounds in academia, activism, and community leadership, will engage in a comprehensive dialogue aimed at fostering understanding, empathy, and collaboration in addressing the interconnected challenges of environmental sustainability and social justice. Through insightful reflections, real-world experiences, and innovative strategies, we will explore the intersectionality of climate justice, acknowledging the intricate links between race, class, gender, and environmental degradation.


The scope of this discussion will cover examining the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations, particularly those in small island developing states (SIDS), to advocating for inclusive policies and grassroots initiatives. Together, we hope to encourage dialogue where compassion, equity, and action serve as guiding principles in our collective efforts to safeguard our planet and ensure a sustainable future for all. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey towards climate justice.



Dr. Aoife Bennett is a political ecologist currently working as Extraordinary Research Scholar at the Universidad Nacional Intercultural de la Amazonía in Ucayali, Peru and Research Associate at Oxford University. Her research oscillates around the interaction between politics (broadly conceived), environmental change, natural resource and agro-commodity production/trade and local socio-economics. Her research is heavily field-based, currently focussed on Peru – always applying mixed-methods approaches to her work. In addition to her research, she is active in bringing research results to bear on policy change and learning for companies, NGO’s and other stakeholders about local realities, towards better outcomes for the rural and peri-urban poor. Aoife sits as Trustee on the Board of the Charity Action for Conservation, which brings environmental conservation and career awareness to teenagers in the UK, and she is Fellow to the Biodiversity Council at the World Economic Forum.



Jeremy Williams is a writer and campaigner for environmental and social justice, and the author of Climate Change is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice. He works as a climate action advisor to schools, writes the sustainability blog The Earthbound Report, and has a sideline as a children’s author. An activist with many interests, Jeremy is a founder of the Post-Growth Institute, Sustainable St Albans, Zero Carbon Luton, and a community energy trust that’s so new it doesn’t have a name yet. He grew up in Madagascar and Kenya and now lives in Luton.

Marjahn Finlayson is a Bahamian climate change specialist, educator, and activist. Through her platform, ClimateEdu Bahamas, she runs the local climate impact service, the Fin Forecast, and the social sustainability collective, DAPS (Development. Advancement. Preservation. Sustainability). As an activist, Marjahn brings concerns about SIDS and underserved communities to work more toward radical climate justice. As a PhD Candidate at the University of Bologna, she is affiliated with the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and researches oceanography and climate change.

Ruth Mayne is currently lead researcher at Oxfam Great Britain on Just Energy Transitions. She has worked in the voluntary sector, academic and consultant as a policy adviser, researcher, advocate and practioner on social, climate and economic justice issues for many years.   She is also active in her local community and was co-founder of Low Carbon West Oxford, an award-winning charity, and of West Oxford Community Renewables an energy cooperative for the benefit of the community and a local councillor. She has published widely.

Mikaela Loach is the best-selling author of It's Not That Radical: Climate Action To Transform Our World, a climate justice organiser, co-host of The YIKES Podcast and former medical student based in Brighton. In 2021, she was one of three claimants on the "Paid To Pollute" case who took the UK government to court over the huge public payments they give to fossil fuel companies every year. Her work focuses on the intersections of the climate crisis with oppressive systems and making the climate movement a more accessible space.


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