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Session 7

How is drug policy a barrier to climate justice?

03 Oct. / 15:00 - 16:30

Hosted by
Health Poverty Action

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The war on drugs is an ecological disaster and a serious barrier to climate change adaptation, mitigation and justice. People have always used drugs for pain relief, pleasure and as part of cultural practices. However, governments spend billions of dollars trying to create a drug-free world. Instead, they remove competition and create super cartels. At the same time, the most vulnerable people in society are stigmatised, criminalised and prosecuted because their livelihoods and culture depend on growing and transporting drugs. Prohibition has created unregulated, untaxed and purely profit-driven trade, empowering criminal cartels with corrupt government officials protecting their powers. Much of the world’s drug production and trafficking occurs in vital ecosystems for the planet’s survival, such as the Amazon rainforest. Multi-billion-dollar businesses operating in these areas without regulation and accountability threaten the chances of saving these areas. Their money is continually reinvested in illegal logging and practices that destroy ecosystems. Join us as we explore ways to move from a prohibitionist approach to people-centred policies that prioritises the planet and climate justice.

Funding Partners

CARE International works in 100 countries, helping millions of the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty and achieve social justice.
Global Resilience Partnership (GRP)
GRP is an inclusive and diverse partnership of organisations joining forces towards a world where vulnerable people and places are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty and change.
Climate Justice Resilience Fund
CJRF builds voice and power in the communities hit first by climate change. To survive and thrive on a warming planet they need voice, power, and the opportunity to innovate. CJRF helps these communities create and share their own solutions for resilience.
Irish Aid
Irish Aid invest in research that builds evidence on how poor people and countries can best adapt, reduce risk, and build their resilience to withstand future set-backs and disasters.
Practical Action
Practical Action works with communities to develop ingenious solutions in agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. Then we share what’s proven to work with others, so many more people can change their world.
Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO)
GAYO is a youth-led gender-balanced advocacy organisation who work directly with local communities to reduce the vulnerability of groups that are at risk to climate impacts, through youth empowerment, skills development and public education.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an international policy and action research organisation delivering solutions to sustainable development challenges. Working with partners across the globe, IIED links local priorities to global challenges.