Climate change & ethical issues

Not all renewable energy technologies or projects are made equally and equitably. In a marketplace driven by a race to the bottom on cost, we need to consider who pays the price. With the social costs of extraction in the developing world often being externalised, or projects in the UK being done to communities, not with the backing and support of communities, it is important to ask ethical questions at the beginning of your project. If it is only your community that benefits, is it community energy? What does it mean to make sure nobody is "left behind" by the energy transition and how does community energy help make that happen?

  • Project LEO - report on developing an ethical framework for local energy approaches (download below).
  • CSE - report on the results of Phase One of their Smart AND Fair? programme exploring social justice in the future energy system (download below).
  • Community Energy Wales - board members wrote a blog on the importance of local authorities including people in the energy transition.
  • UKSSD - blog 'Responding to crises with 17 dimensions' about Bristol's climate emergency response.
  • Lee Towers - presentation on some common historical roots of racism, patriarchy and the climate crisis and how these shape the present (watch below from 1 hour 2 minutes 30 seconds).
  • NEON, PIRC & - some outstanding questions and resources for how to put climate justice at the heart of climate communications.

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