The climate crisis is upon us. How we respond to it will shape the future of the planet and every species upon it. For too long our rivers and watersheds have been treated as habitats to be exploited. To achieve climate justice, we must change the practices that destroy our freshwater systems.
It is essential, in these pivotal years, that we put justice at the center of the coming energy transformation. Those who have contributed the least to today’s crisis, are disproportionately affected by it. And we believe the burdens and benefits of our response to climate change must be shared equitably and fairly.
Our Work in the Movement for Climate Justice
We promote sustainable energy that does not sacrifice the environment, the climate, or basic human rights. We challenge false solutions such as megadams and carbon trading schemes that undermine indigenous sovereignty while failing to genuinely rein in emissions. We undertake independent research to illuminate the path to the Paris Accord’s implementation and a fair and just energy transition
Permanently protecting rivers will help solve the climate crisis. Rivers are regulators of the earth’s carbon cycle. Their damming and diversion alternately drowns and starves carbon sinks. On the other hand, free-flowing rivers are one of the world’s strongest, natural defense mechanisms against climate catastrophe. Free-flowing rivers help communities build resilience by recharging groundwater, nourishing productive deltas and farmland, and allowing migratory fish populations to thrive.
- Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Myanmar Hydropower Sector: Discussion Brief (2018)
- Catalyzing a Renewable Energy Transformation (2018)
- Renewable Riches: How Wind and Solar Can Power DRC and South Africa (2017)
- Designing Low Carbon Electricity Futures for African and Other Developing Countries (2015)
- An Introduction to Integrated Resources Planning (2013)
- The World Bank and Dams Part 4: Behind the Times on Renewable Energy (2016)
- Greater Mekong Subregion Energy Investments: Concerns and Recommendations (2015) (Also available in Vietnamese, Thai, or Khmer)
- Futuro de la Energía en Perú: Estrategias Energéticas Sostenibles (2016)
- Dirty Energy – Out of the Green Climate Fund (2015)
- Rip-Offsets: The Failure of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (2008)
- United for Restoration and a Just Recovery: How protecting biodiversity and advancing climate and economic justice is the recovery we needThis year, Earth Day and UN World Environment Day both focus on restoration, for good reason; 97% of Earth’s land area may no longer be ecologically intact. If we don’t urgently make…
- STATEMENT | Climate Bonds Initiative’s new hydropower standard is a false climate solutionLast week, the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) announced their approval of a new bond certification scheme for hydropower.1 This represents an unfortunate setback for the climate and for meaningful efforts…
- Book Review | Rivers and Sustainable Development: Alternative approaches and their implications (Islam, 2020)By Darryl Knudsen, International Rivers Executive Director As the executive director of International Rivers, I highly recommend Rivers and Sustainable Development: Alternative Approaches and their Implications by Professor S. Nazrul…