Social justice encompasses economic justice and is the virtue which guides us in creating organized human interactions we call institutions. These social institutions, when justly organized, provide us with access to what is good for the person, both individually and in our associations with others. Social justice also imposes on each of us a personal responsibility to work with others to design and continually perfect our institutions as tools for personal and social development.
Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. Rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. The planet's oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising.
Effective protection of the environment is critical to sustainable development. Which in turn is critical to poverty reduction. Human development and growth will be short-lived if we do not conserve the natural environment and its resources. Environmental protection requires activity on many levels. From preventing global warming to safeguarding living beings from the effects of poor air quality or toxic chemicals and supporting basic necessities for man to survive.