Buenvivir (or “well-being” / “living well”) is an age-old concept that became more globally popularized after the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in April 2010.

Members of Grassroots Global Justice felt a deep resonance with the concept of Global Well-Being, and in 2010 formed a working group to develop political strategy and information for GGJ members on the interrelated topics of energy, climate, environmental justice in the context of Global Well-Being.  

Our communities, whose very survival is most directly impacted by climate change, have become a living red line. Our air and water are being poisoned by fossil fuel extraction, our livelihoods are threatened by floods and drought, our communities are the hardest hit and the least protected in extreme weather events—and our demands for our survival and for the rights of future generations are pushing local, national, and global leaders towards real solutions to the climate crisis.

GGJ’s Global Wellbeing (GWB) program has focused on two core priorities: 

1. Strengthen the Climate Justice movement nationally and internationally. 

2. Actualize the Just Transition (JT) model on the ground.


Global Wellbeing Programs

GGJ at the United Nations’ Conference of Parties

Since 2009, GGJ has led delegations to the Conference of Parties (COP) organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark (COP15 – 2009), Cancún, México (COP16 – 2010), Durban, South Africa (COP17 – 2011),

Just Transition Assemblies & Strategy Labs

GGJ members across the country are working toward a Just Transition. Our communities, landscapes and ecosystems are experiencing the consequences of a warming planet, and only systems wide change can ensure true climate justice, our survival. Just Transition is a…

Featured Global Wellbeing Actions & Campaigns

Justice for Berta Caceres

On March 2nd 2016, people around the world grieved the loss of social movement leader Berta Cáceres. Berta co-founded COPINH (Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras). Her assassination was a direct result of her organizing to defend…

Featured Global Wellbeing Resources

Just Transition Assembly

In 2016, Got Green and Front and Centered hosted a Just Transition Assembly. Check out the program below as a toolkit for organizing Just Transition Assemblies as vehicles for organizing towards systems change!…

We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line

The Paris Climate Agreement of December 2015 is a dangerous distraction that threatens all of us. Marked by the heavy influence of the fossil fuel industry, the deal reached at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) never…