About the Environmental Justice Programme

The Environmental Justice Project is part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme. TNI's emerging work on the corporate expansion into air, water and nature as a whole builds on work dating back to the early 1990s on the privatisation of nature, more recent work on critiquing carbon trading, and current work on land and water grabbing. It also links closely to TNI’s new programme on corporate power and accountability.

TNI’s Carbon Trade Watch project (hosted at TNI from 2003 to 2009) was widely recognised for its high quality critical analysis of market solutions to the climate crisis.

Now, TNI's broader work in the field of environmental justice further deepens the analysis of the corporate capture of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. This includes the cynical appropriation of the concept of ‘green economy’ to justify the commodification of what is perceived as threatened scarce natural resources, and extends to attempts by the military-security industry to profit from this and from (the fear of) climate disaster. Meanwhile, TNI is also beginning to explore alternative energy models, learning from its work on reforming public water services.