“Climate Change and Sustainable Development” is one of the priorities of our CSF Strategy 2020-2025. As a first practical step a group of members developed and adopted our Forum Eco Codex in 2020. However, we believe that the work on Climate within CSF needs to be more prominent and present – in our projects and programmes, in our advocacy work, our communication as well as the coordination of events. That is why a group of enthusiastic members and representatives of the Secretariat founded the new Task Force “Climate Justice” in August 2021. By the term “Climate Justice” climate change is defined as an ethical, social and political problem, rather than a purely ecological one.
The purpose of the Task Force is to mainstream and strengthen work related to the climate crisis in the Forum’s agenda and in the activities of its member organisations, in line with the Forum strategy and in response to the Declaration of the Peoples’ Summit on Climate, Rights and Human Survival, signed by the Board.
Priorities and activities of the Forum Climate work are:
Mapping of activities that Forum members undertake on or related to the climate crisis
Mapping of pan-European civil society initiatives on the climate crisis beyond the Forum, and exploring whether the Forum should join these initiatives
Mapping of (repression of) climate justice activism in EU and Russia, inclusion of organisations/ persons involved in the Forum’s advocacy and solidarity efforts
Preparing texts for Forum media on key climate crisis events as well as policy papers
Work with the Secretariat on including in Forum events the climate crisis subject
The “Climate Justice” Task Force is currently represented by:
Harry Hummel, Netherlands Helsinki Committee (The Hague)
Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, Alexander Keller, Sergei Tereshenkov, Secretariat of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (Berlin)
Nelya Rakhimova, Open School of Sustainable Development, Russia
Angelina Davydova, Russian-German Bureau of Ecological Information (RNEI), St. Petersburg (Russia)
BlueLink Foundation, Sofia (Bulgaria)
To contact and become engaged in the Task Force, please write to Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, Group’s Coordinator at the Forum Secretariat, at barbara.bernsmeier(at)eu-russia-csf.org.