What is Social and Environmental Justice

The mandate of OPIRG Kingston states that we shall strive to work towards a more socially and environmentally just world. For some that is not terrible clear leading to the question:

What exactly is Social and Environmental Justice?

It might help to contrast charity vs. justice approaches to social problems. A charitable approach to poverty, for instance, might be volunteering in a soup kitchen. A justice approach would be working to end the inequalities that make soup kitchens necessary. Justice approaches to social and environmental problems ask us to think about the root causes of the problems vs. focusing on the symptoms.

This is not to say that charitable work shouldn’t be done – we currently need soup kitchens – but that OPIRG Kingston’s work shall seek out the root causes.

As you will see by browsing through our website, all our events and resources have that aim in mind—to better understand the root causes of our social and environmental ailments and work together to find solutions.

We hope you will join us!