About the EJC

The cross-party Environmental Justice Commission, run by the IPPR think tank, was established in May 2019 to develop a plan for how the UK can tackle the climate and nature crises, transform its economy, and realise the substantial opportunities to address underlying economic and social inequalities.

This final report of the Environmental Justice Commission argues for an ambitious approach in addressing these crises. One that can secure a cleaner, greener economy, and that is fairer and improves wellbeing, restoring the health of people and the natural world.

It offers a plan that is optimistic and practical, both honest about the challenges we face and committed to seizing this moment to improve lives and offer opportunities for all, ensuring that no-one is left behind.

Successfully addressing the climate and nature crises requires that people are put at the heart of the policy making process. Those most affected by change must be the ones to shape it. That is why people have been at the centre of our approach to developing our recommendations. We have held deliberative workshops, listening exercises and citizens’ juries around the UK in Doncaster, Tees Valley and County Durham, London, the South Wales Valleys, Thurrock and Aberdeenshire.

Find out more about the Environmental Justice Commission here or e-mail EJC@ippr.org.

Commission Co-chairs

Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas MP
Hilary Benn
Hilary Benn MP
Laura Sandys
Laura Sandys


  • Paul Booth CBE, chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Beth Farhat, regional secretary of the Northern TUC and IPPR trustee
  • Angela Francis, chief advisor, economics and economic development at WWF-UK
  • Charlotte Hartley, member of 2050 Climate Group and of the Scottish Just Transition Commission
  • Fatima Ibrahim, campaigner and climate activist
  • Michael Jacobs, professorial fellow and head of engagement and impact at SPERI
  • Tom Kibasi, political writer and researcher, former IPPR director
  • Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at City of London Corporation
  • Paul Nowak, deputy general secretary, Trade Union Congress
  • Kate Raworth, senior visiting research associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute
  • Emily Shuckburgh, director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
  • David Symons, Global Future Ready programme leader at WSP, director of Aldersgate Group
  • Anna Taylor, student climate striker and activist
  • Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer, Aviva Investors
  • Farhana Yamin, associate fellow at Chatham House and Extinction Rebellion activist
Meet the chairs
People need to feel that they are part of the change. We need to bring people with us and for it not to feel like we are having things done to us.
South Wales Valleys citizens’ jury