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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice

ISBN 9781138689350
Published November 20, 2018 by Routledge
542 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The term "climate justice" began to gain traction in the late 1990s following a wide range of activities by social and environmental justice movements that emerged in response to the operations of the fossil fuel industry and, later, to what their members saw as the failed global climate governance model that became so transparent at COP15 in Copenhagen. The term continues to gain momentum in discussions around sustainable development, climate change, mitigation and adaptation, and has been slowly making its way into the world of international and national policy. However, the connections between these remain unestablished.

Addressing the need for a comprehensive and integrated reference compendium, The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice provides students, academics and professionals with a valuable insight into this fast-growing field. Drawing together a multidisciplinary range of authors from the Global North and South, this Handbook addresses some of the most salient topics in current climate justice research, including just transition, urban climate justice and public engagement, in addition to the field’s more traditional focus on gender, international governance and climate ethics. With an emphasis on facilitating learning based on cutting-edge specialised climate justice research and application, each chapter draws from the most recent sources, real-world best practices and tutored reflections on the strategic dimensions of climate justice and its related disciplines.

The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice will be essential reading for students and scholars, as well as being a vital reference tool for those practically engaged in the field.

Table of Contents


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List of Contributors


1. Introduction: Justice in the Era of Climate Change

    Tahseen Jafry, Michael Mikulewicz and Karin Helwig

    Part I Theories of Climate Justice

2. On the evolution and continuing development of the climate justice movement

    Brian Tokar

3. On inquiry into climate justice

    Idil Boran

4. Fact-insensitive thought experiments in climate ethics: Exemplified by Parfit’s non-identity problem

    Jörg Tremmel

5. A Narrative Account of Temporality in Climate Justice

    Nejma Tamoudi and Michael Reder

    Part II Climate Justice Governance, Policy and Litigation

6. Global political processes and the Paris Agreement: A case of advancement or retreat of climate justice?

    Susan P. Murphy

7. Statehood in an Era of Sinking Islands

    Tom Sparks

8. Reimagining development practice: Mainstreaming justice into planning frameworks

    Ritwika Basu and Amir Bezaz

9. Climate Justice in the UK: Reconciling climate change and equity issues in policy and practice in a developed country context

    Katharine Knox

10. Equity and justice in climate change law and policy: A role for benefit-sharing

    Annalisa Savaresi and Kim Bouwer

11. Leading from the Bench: The role of judges in advancing climate justice, and lessons from South Asia

    Emeline Pluchon

    Part III Climate Justice, Finance and Business

12. Climate finance: Moral theory and political practice

    Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh

13. The inter-relationship between climate finance and climate justice in the UNFCCC

    Tessa Sheridan and Tahseen Jafry

14. Carbon pricing and climate justice: design elements for effective, efficient and equitable greenhouse gas emissions reductions

    Edward Cameron

15. Sharing the burden of climate change via climate finance and business models

    Emilie Prattico

    Part IV Just Transition

16. From the dirty past to the clean future: Addressing historic energy injustices with a just transition to a low-carbon future

    J. Mijin Cha

17. Just Energy? Structures of energy (In)justice and the Indonesian coal sector

Anna Fünfgeld

18. Climate technology and climate justice: energy transitions in Germany, India and Australia

    James Goodman, Devleena Ghosh and Tom Morton

19. Big Oil's duty of disgorging funds in the context of climate change

    Marco Grasso

20. Climate Justice and REDD+: A multiscalar examination of the Norwegian-Ethiopian Partnership

    David Brown

    Part V Urban Climate Justice

21. The Climate-Just City

    Wendy Steele, Jean Hillier, Donna Houston, Jason Byrne and Diana MacCallum

22. Configuring climate responsibility in the city: Carbon footprints and climate justice in Hong Kong

    Sara Fuller

23. The shifting geographies of climate change justice: Mobile vulnerabilities in and across Indian cities

    Eric Chu and Kavya Michael

24. Fair for whom? How residents and municipalities evaluate sea-level rise policies in Botany Bay, Australia

    Anne Maree Kreller and Sonia Graham

25. Thermal inequity: The relationship between urban structure and social disparities in an era of climate change

    Bruce C. Mitchell and Jayajit Chakraborty

    Part VI Climate Justice and Gender

26. Climate justice, gender and intersectionality

    Patricia E. Perkins

27. "No climate justice without gender justice": explorations of the intersections between gender and climate injustices in climate adaptation actions in the Philippines

    Roa Petra Crease, Meg Parsons and Karen Toni Fisher

28. Achieving climate justice through gender mainstreaming climate change adaptation? A multiscale analysis from the Lower Shire Valley, Malawi

    Jane Maher

29. Inclusive climate governance in Southeast Asia: Lessons learned from gender-responsive climate mitigation

    So-Young Lee and Eric Zusman

    Part VII Climate Justice Movements and Struggles

30. "Climate change is about us": The NAACP, fence-line communities, and the grounding of climate justice

    Brandon Derman

31. Mother Earth and climate justice: Indigenous peoples’ perspectives of an alternative development paradigm

    Alan Jarandilla Nuñez

32. Negotiating climate Justice at the subnational scale: Challenges and collaborations between indigenous peoples and governments

    Colleen Scanlan Lyons, Maria DiGiano, Jason Gray, Javier Kinney, Magaly Medeiros, Francisca Oliveira de Lima Costa and Francisca Arará

33. Understanding the crises, uncovering the root causes, and envisioning the world(s) we want: Conversations with the anti-pipeline movements in Canada

    Jen Gobby and Kristian Gareau

    Part VIII Emerging Areas in Climate Justice

34. Beyond the academy: Reflecting on public engagement about climate justice

    Sonja Klinsky

35. Climate migration: The emerging need for a human centred approach

    Sennan Mattar and Enyinnaya Mbakwem

36. Climate justice education: From social movement learning to schooling

    Callum McGregor, Eurig Scandrett, Beth Christie and Jim Crowther

37. Transformative approaches to address climate change and achieve climate justice

    Dunja Krause

38. Conclusion

Tahseen Jafry


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Tahseen Jafry is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Scotland, UK and the Director of GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice.


"This Handbook is a timely and significant contribution to the growing body of academic literature on climate justice. It comes at a critical turning point in UNFCCC climate negotiations with the imminent review of the Paris Agreement. It is an excellent knowledge resource bound to be of particular interest to academics, practitioners and students engaged in the field of climate change and climate justice." -- Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

"Climate justice names the central problem - and solution - for this century and beyond. In this collection, you will learn why this is and, in these still-early stages of thinking and CJ movement-building, which debates are raging." -- Patrick Bond, Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa