Contours of Climate Justice – Ideas for Shaping New Climate and Energy Politics

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Title:Contours of Climate Justice – Ideas for Shaping New Climate and Energy Politics
Type:Critical Currents

CC vol. 6The climate is changing in more ways than one. Not only has an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere been wreaking havoc in the global biosphere, but there has also been a significant shift in the way the issue of climate change is debated. From being a marginal ‘green’ issue, it is now central to many a strategy for political and economic renewal. It has become ever more obvious that the image of climate change is not primarily the drowning polar bear, but the farmer without crops, the migrant without a home, the worker with no future. Yet international efforts to slow climate change have not advanced much beyond square one. At the same time, a new global cycle of struggle seems to be coalescing around the call for climate justice, in particular in the mobilisation around the 15th international climate summit in Copenhagen.

This collection of interventions contributes to the re-conceptualisation of climate change as an issue of justice, and therefore also of struggle. It further seeks to strengthen a climate and energy politics that will prove capable of solving the multiple crises that climate change is part of, and which humanity is facing.