Equity and Justice
The big idea of equity and justice refers to equitable access to opportunities and resources, as well as just distribution of the impacts of consequences of unsustainability. Attention to equity and justice leads to consideration of number of issues, including various dimensions of privilege, and distinctions among needs and wants, and consideration of interspecies equity. This big idea includes a number of related and overlapping ideas, including social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, gender equity, and food justice, climate equity, and intergenerational equity. Intergenerational equity refers to the rights of future generations to have access to adequate resources and opportunities necessary meet their needs. The ability of future generations to meet their needs might be jeopardized if resources such as water and arable land are used up by the current generation or if the impacts of current human activities results in a compromised climate system.