What is Social Justice?

Social justice is the equal distribution of resources and opportunities, in which outside factors that categorize people are irrelevant.

A Brief History

The word duo, social justice, was roughly combined in the mid 1850’s as it was frequently used in Catholic text soon there after. Simultaneously, there were unrelated uses of this term by non-Catholic writers (sometimes of a different faith), but they relayed the same core idea that all members of a society should have equal benefits and opportunities.

In its early days, the term social justice specifically targeted poverty and the need for an equal distribution of resources. Today, the term has acquired a broader and more detailed definition (including issues of segregation) that accounts for specific modes of moral treatment.

The blueprint for achieving social justice is often structured by governmental implementation of laws/rights that provide equal distribution of resources and opportunities, which in effect protects human dignity. If a government supports inequality with oppressive laws then it is up to a non-government coalition to stimulate the change of such laws in a non-violent manner.

How Social Justice and Environmental Justice Are Intrinsically Interconnected

Who is Responsible?

In the United States, categories of race and gender can no longer be legally used as grounds for discrimination, but socially these categories are often targeted, by way of unfair treatment. While this type of social inequality may be recognized by the general public, people frequently find solace in the idea that the responsibility lies only with the perpetrator of social inequality. By taking a blind eye, these issues grow larger and become more engrained into society. Social justice and social equality is every individual’s responsibility to uphold and protect.

Aside from the social justice issues that are recognized and not addressed, a whole slew of other social justice issues exist that have yet to be globally acknowledged. These unattended social justice issues are often a result of consumerism and it is the environmental and societal rights of the under-industrialized world that often bare the brunt of these injustices.

A Change in Mentality

The Pachamama Alliance is an organization whose mission is to reach out to the public and inform them of the these social inequality issues that plague the globe. Specifically, The Pachamama Alliance wants to inspire the “modern world” to take responsibility for its actions and the consequences that follow.

The three legs of The Pachamama Alliance’s mission are environmental sustainability, social justice and spirituality; all of which are deeply interconnected. Our current dependence on oil and our disconnection to the earth results in social and environmental justice issues, such as environmental racism and overall environmental destruction.