Climate Justice and the Economy
Social mobilization, knowledge and the political
As climate change has increasingly become the main focus of environmentalist activism since the late 1990s, the global economic drivers of CO2 emissions are now a major concern for radical greens. In turn, the emphasis on connected crises in both natural and social systems has attracted more activists to the Climate Justice movement and created a common cause between activists from the Global South and North. In the absence of a pervasive narrative of transnational or socialist economic planning to prevent catastrophic climate change, these activists have been eager to engage with advanced knowledge and ideas on political and economic structures that diminish risks and allow for new climate agency.
This book breaks new ground by investigating what kind of economy the Climate Justice movement is calling for us to build and how the struggle for economic change has unfolded so far. Examining ecological debt, just transition, indigenous ecologies, social ecology, community economies and divestment among other topics, the authors provide a critical assessment and a common ground for future debate on economic innovation via social mobilization.
Taking a transdisciplinary approach that synthesizes political economy, history, theory and ethnography, this volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate justice, environmental politics and policy, environmental economics and sustainable development.
Table of Contents
Editor's preface, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen PART I The Climate Justice movement: formation and critical economic debates 1. Climate Justice as anti-corporate economic mobilization, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen 2. Climate debt: the origins of a subversive misnomer, Rikard Warlenius 3. Natural capital, carbon trading and climate sanctions, Patrick Bond PART II Economic Climate Justice in practice 4. The indigenous climate justice of the Unist’ot’en resistance, Sam Bliss and Leah Temper 5. Divestment as climate justice: weighing the power of the fossil fuel divestment movement, Georges Alexandre Lenferna 6. Carbon trading, cimate justice and labor resistance: definition power in the South Africa campaign One Million Climate Jobs, Emanuele Leonardi PART III New paradigms from below 7. Community economies and climate justice, Gerda Roelvink 8. Growth, power and domination: degrowth and perspectives for climate justice, Ulrich Brand 9. On social ecology and the movement for climate justice, Brian Tokar
Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen is an Assistant Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark.