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


A GREEN NEW DEAL FROM THE FRONTLINES Frontline communities have long held solutions to the climate crisis. Black, Brown, API, Indigenous, and working class communities in the United States and across the Global South have pioneered Just Transition frameworks to…


PROTECT, REPAIR, INVEST, TRANSFORM The intersecting crises of income and wealth inequality and climate change, driven by systemic white supremacy and gender inequality, has exposed the frailty of the U.S. economy and democracy. This document was prepared during the COVID-19…

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),

Featured Global Wellbeing Actions & Campaigns

Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity Campaign

Longtime GGJ member, Migrant Justice, has been running their powerful Milk with Dignity Campaign since 2014 after Vermont dairy workers conducted an in-depth survey to document the top workplace and housing issues in the industry. Workers then converted these

Featured Global Wellbeing Resources

Chasing Caron Unicorns


Powerful actors are using “net zero” pledges to hide their climate inaction. Stopping the climate crisis requires us to stop burning fossil fuels – no magical thinking will solve this problem, just immediate action and system change. But transnational…

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…