1st Edition

Local Activism for Global Climate Justice The Great Lakes Watershed

Edited By Patricia E. Perkins Copyright 2020
    310 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book will inspire and spark grassroots action to address the inequitable impacts of climate change, by showing how this can be tackled and the many benefits of doing so.

    With contributions from climate activists and engaged young authors, this volume explores the many ways in which people are proactively working to advance climate justice. The book pays special attention to Canada and the Great Lakes watershed, showing how the effects of climate change span local, regional, and global scales through the impact of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, with related economic and social effects that cross political jurisdictions. Examining examples of local-level activism that include organizing for climate-resilient and equitable communities, the dynamic leadership of Indigenous peoples (especially women) for water and land protection, and diaspora networking, Local Activism for Global Climate Justice also provides theoretical perspectives on how individual action relates to broader social and political processes.

    Showcasing a diverse range of inspirational and thought-provoking case studies, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate justice, climate change policy, climate ethics, and global environmental governance, as well as teachers and climate activists.

    1. Introduction: Climate Justice, the Great Lakes, and the Earth

    Patricia E. Perkins (with Martin Sers)

    Part 1. Fairness in Public Policies

    2. Carbon Cuts, Not Job Cuts: Toward a Just Transition in Canada

    Alia Karim

    3. Why Ending Oil and Gas Production in Canada is Essential to a Just Transition Both at Home and Abroad

    Daniel Horen Greenford

    4. Should the Poor Pay More? Community Energy Planning and Energy Poverty in Ontario

    Douglas Baxter

    5. Vulnerable Communities and Municipal Climate Change Policy in Toronto

    Monica Krista de Vera

    6. The Right to Remain: Community-Led Responses to Land Dispossession in the Context of Global and Local Climate Injustice

    Meagan Dellavilla

    7. International Advocacy for Climate Victims in Bangladesh

    Nowrin Tabassum

    8. Refugee Sponsorship and Canada’s Immigration Policy in Times of Climate Change

    Michaela Hynie, Prateep Kumar Nayak, Teresa Auntora Gomes, and Ifrah Abdillahi

    9. Out of Credit: Climate Finance in the Face of Climate Debt

    Alicia Richins

    Part 2. Personal Action and Local Activism

    10. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement: A View from Toronto

    Aaron Saad

    11. I Eat, Therefore I’m Evil: The Dilemmas of Applying Climate Justice to Food Choice

    Caitlin Bradley Morgan

    12. Free Food for Justice

    Sam Bliss

    13. Building Social Capital to Increase Disaster Resilience

    Stephen M. Clare

    14. Cultivating Community Resilience

    Kelly Hamshaw and JoEllen Calderara

    15. After the Flood: Coming Together for Toronto

    Laura Gilbert and Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin

    Part 3. Education, Consciousness-Raising, And Collective Visions

    16. Aamjiwnaang Toxic Tours and Climate Justice

    Lindsay Gray (with poem by Alice Damiano)

    17. The Great Lakes Commons: Working with Water and Adapting Our Movement to the Great Lakes

    Paul Baines

    18. Planting Seeds for Grassroots Activism with Youth

    Barbara Sniderman

    19. Reconciliation in The Watershed: Strengthening Relationships for Climate Justice

    Elizabeth Lorimer

    20. Climate Justice Montreal: Who We Are and What We Do

    Jen Gobby

    21. Listen, the Youth are Speaking: The Youth and Climate Justice Initiative of Western New York

    Lynda H. Schneekloth, Rebekah A. Williams, and Emily Dyett

    22. Education Reform in The Struggle for Climate Justice

    Gabriel Yahya Haage and Natália Britto dos Santos

    23. Photographs, Performance, and Protest: The Fight for Climate Justice through Art

    Alison Adams

    24. Conclusion: Moving Ahead for Climate Justice

    Patricia E. Perkins

    Action Glossary

    Suggested Further Reading on Climate Justice


    Patricia E. Perkins is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada, where she teaches ecological economics, community economic development, climate justice, and critical interdisciplinary research design.

    'This engaging collection provides compelling reasons for "starting close to home" when responding to the challenges of climate change. A range of fascinating case studies shows that thinking locally is vital for understanding the complex flows of people, power, and knowledge that shape environmental problems and solutions. A watershed can be both a place and a turning point; what a brilliant idea to showcase the diverse mobilizations of climate justice on the shores of the Great Lakes at this pivotal time for the planet.' – Sherilyn MacGregor, Reader in Environmental Politics, The University of Manchester, UK

    'A compilation of rich and deeply moving "stories" from young climate justice leaders and activists which make a compelling and truly inspirational read.' – Tahseen Jafry, Professor and Director, The Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

    'This book shares stories from the frontlines of those fighting for climate justice. The often personal accounts inform and inspire, from the everyday politics of how we eat, work, and play, to labour movement organizing, community initiatives, and direct action to spark ideas for reconnecting through art and the sacred. This book serves as an important reminder and inspiration to all those concerned about climate justice of what we can do in our daily lives to make a difference.'Leah Temper, Ecological Economist, Scholar Activist, and Filmmaker based at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

    'How do we foster a compassionate response to the human dimensions of today’s climate changes? This is the challenge that this volume meets head-on as it considers the global calls for dealing with climate injustices from a regional grounding, and thus shows us how local actions can scale up to a global response in the absence of meaningful political leadership. Drawing from actions in the areas of policy, education, and community-building, this edited book offers a diversity of case studies and a wonderful Action Glossary that can inspire each of us to re-think ways of growing into our time of climate justice.' – Timothy B. Leduc, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada