What is the Climate Justice Map?
The Climate Justice Map is a mapping showing organisations and networks based in the Global South working on climate justice and just transition. This mapping was produced by the Climate Justice - Just Transition Donor Collaborative (CJ-JT), an initiative working to shift power and philanthropic resources to those on the frontlines of climate injustice who do not yet have their due share of voice in policy-making and whose efforts are critically under-resourced.
The CJ Map is a unique tool that includes over 1,600+ organisations and networks. It is in the form of an open-source Wiki with the core information available in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
For more information about how the work of the CJ-JT Donor Collaborative and partners who created the CJ-Map, please access the website: https://climatejusticecollab.org/
Why we did the mapping:
The mapping was produced because many studies showed philanthropic funding was not reaching those on the front lines of injustice, especially those based in the Global South.1 The Climate Justice Map aims to redress this imbalance by helping foundations and advisors quickly find who is working on the ground. The mapping highlights, wherever possible, work led by women, people of colour, youth, historically marginalised groups, and those with disabilities. These groups are playing a leading role in putting forward just and equitable solutions despite having received the least resources and contributed very little to climate change.
How it was produced:
The Climate Justice Map is based on many sources of information, including climate justice and just transition networks funded by philanthropy, information by experts working in the field as well as from desktop based research. Entries have also been provided by the CJ-JT Donor Collaborative Climate JEDIs - Fellows working to enhance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in climate spaces.
The CJ-Map has been sourced from the publicly available information using the description which organisations use to describe themselves and their own focus area and operations. Each organisation featured has been given the opportunity to check their entry. We are grateful to the work of Climate Cardinals for their translation services. This is an important partnership of ours because most climate justice literature and climate campaigning is written and accessible entirely in English which results in systematic barriers to accessing information on climate change.2
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Why a Wiki?
Wiki pages are open-access and freely available. As mappings by philanthropy are typically not shared with the field, the Climate Justice Map is deliberately open source with an intent to break down the power dynamics inherent in mapping and consultancy processes with an aim to shift philanthropy away from gatekeeping, secrecy and ad hoc funding.
Wiki pages are collaborative. We hope to continue adding to the organisations included and invite you to add the organisations and networks you know working on climate justice and just transition to help maintain up-to-date information for philanthropy and the field.
We recognise the Climate Justice Map is a work in progress and we welcome your feedback and additional entries to make the Wiki more comprehensive. Please contact us using the form via our website.
1 Currently, less than 2% of global philanthropy goes toward supporting organisations working on climate mitigation, with approximately 0.5% going to environmental initiatives in the Global South (Edge Funders Alliance, 2022 & One Earth 2023). Of the philanthropy that is directed to climate, white-led organizations received more than 80% of grants, while male-led organizations about 54% . Youth-led climate justice initiatives are also severely underfunded. receiving only 0.76% of funding for climate mitigation globally (Youth Climate Justice Study, 2022).
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One Earth (2023) One Earth Project Marketplace. URL [Accessed 03/03/2023]
Solutions Project (2021) Justice + Equity. URL [Accessed 03/03/23]
DeBacker, L. & Patterson, J. (2021) “Environmental Funders: The Problem Isn’t Just Diversity, It’s Access to Money”, Inside Philanthropy. URL [Accessed 03/03/23)
Janus, K. K. (2017). Innovating Philanthropy. Stanford Social Innovation Review. DOI [Accessed 03/03/23]
Cyril, D. M et al. (2021) “Philanthropy’s response to the call for racial justice”, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE). URL [Accessed 03/03/23]
Youth Climate Justice Study (Nov 2022) “Why Youth, Why Now”, Section 4 Slides: The Hour is Late using ClimateWorks Foundation data. URL [Accessed 03/03/23)
Desanlis, H., Esmaeili, N., Janik, K., Lau, T., & Turnlund, M. (Nov 2023) "Funding trends 2023: Climate change mitigation philanthropy", ClimateWorks Foundation.[Accessed 22.11.23] 
2 Kianni, S. (2022) “Language shouldn't be a barrier to climate action”, TED Conference URL [Accessed 03/03/23]