Jesuit Social Services recently partnered with NTCOSS, Environment Centre NT, Arid Lands Environment Centre and Central Land Council to host a two day climate justice workshop in Alice Springs.
The event, held in early March, was an opportunity for organisations and community members to come together to build connections, share knowledge, skills and stories and generate just solutions to the climate challenges facing communities across the Northern Territory.
It followed the inaugural NT climate justice workshop, held in Darwin last September, which was attended by 60 participants representing community service providers, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, land councils, local Government, the Northern Territory Government, industry experts and environmental organisations.
Key themes that emerged from the Darwin workshop included the importance of strengthening cross-sector relationships, the urgent need for regional adaptation planning in the NT (prioritising remote communities), community-owned clean energy, and listening to Aboriginal people for Aboriginal-led solutions.
In November, the emerging alliance of organisations focused on climate justice in the Territory, including Jesuit Social Services, also issued a joint statement responding to the Northern Territory Government’s draft Climate Change Response: Towards 2050 document.
The statement called on the Northern Territory Government to commit to a comprehensive, long-term plan to reduce emissions and avoid the worst climate impacts, support people to adapt, build community resilience, and ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the transition to a clean energy future.