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Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement

1st Edition

Edited by Matthias Dietz, Heiko Garrelts


366 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the growing transnational climate movement. A dual focus on climate politics and civil society provides a hitherto unavailable broad and systematic analysis of the current global movement, highlighting how its dynamic and diverse character can play an important role in environmental politics and climate protection.

The range of contributors, from well-known academics to activist-scholars, look at climate movements in the developed and developing world, north and south, small and large, central and marginal. The movement is examined as a whole and as single actors, thereby capturing its scope, structure, development, activities and influence. The book thoroughly addresses theoretical approaches, from classic social movement theory to the influence of environmental justice frames, and follows this with a systematic focus on regions, specific NGOs and activists, cases and strategies, as well as relations with peripheral groups.

In its breadth, balance and depth, this accessible volume offers a fresh and important take on the question of social mobilization around climate change, making it an essential text for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students and researchers in the social sciences.


The rapidly growing climate movement will benefit from this compendium of

timely introspection-on-the-go, as we try to figure out how to do what we

do more effectively!

–Bill McKibben, President and Co-Founder of, USA

This handbook is an extremely valuable overview and analysis of the global climate change movement. It shows the range and complexity of this movement, and provides unique insights into its structure, goals, and future prospects. It sets a high standard for future scholarship to meet.

–Robert J. Brulle, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science, Drexel University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Contours of the International Climate Movement - Conception and Contents of the Handbook Heiko Garrelts and Matthias Dietz Part 1 Theoretical Prospects of the Climate Movement 2. Framing Processes in the Climate Movement: from Climate Change to Climate Justice Donatella della Porta and Louisa Parks 3. Democratizing the Climate Negotiations System through Improved Opportunities for Participation Melanie Müller and Heike Walk 4. Antagonistic Standpoints: The Climate Justice Coalition Viewed in Light of a Theory of Societal Relationships with Nature Philip Bedall and Christoph Görg 5. The Climate Justice Movement and the Hegemonic Discourse of Technology Vito De Lucia 6. Climate Justice from the Perspective of Philosophy Andreas Niederberger Part 2 Components of the Climate Movement Regional Climate Movements 7. The Green Movement in Britain Elaine Graham-Leigh 8. The Climate Movement in Germany Georg Kössler 9. Movements for Climate Justice in the US and Worldwide Brian Tokar 10. The Australian Climate Movement: A disparate response to climate change and climate politics in a not so ‘lucky country’ Hans Baer 11. The Climate Movement in Brazil – Professionalism and Ideological Differences Dörte Segebart und Claudia König 12. India – The long march to a climate movement Arne Harms and Oliver Powalla 13. China's Emerging Climate Change Movement – Finding a Place to Stand Patrick Schroeder 14. Climate Justice In, By and For Africa Patrick Bond Leading Figures 15. Activist Profile Bill McKibben Hans Baer 16. Activist Profile Naomi Klein Matthias Dietz 17. Activist Profile James Hansen Hans Baer 18. Activist Profile Gore Hans Baer Popular Activists 19. Activist Profile Tim DeChristopher Matthias Dietz 20. Activist Profile Anna Rose Hans Baer 21. Activist Profiles David Spratt und Phillip Sutton Hans Baer International NGOs and Network Organizations 22. Organization Profile Climate Action Network International Heiko Garrelts 23. Organization Profile Climate Justice Now! Matthias Dietz 24. Organization Profile La Via Campesina Matthias Dietz 25. Organization Profile Friends of the Earth International Johannes Kruse 26. Organization Profile Climate Alliance Heiko Garrelts Climate NGOs from the US 27. Organization Profile Brian Tokar 28. Organization Profile Rising Tide Brian Tokar 29. Organization Profile Energy Action Coalition Brian Tokar Climate NGOs from Europe 30. Organization Profile Plane Stupid Heiko Garrelts 31. Organization Profile Germanwatch Heiko Garrelts Part 3 Arenas, Activities and Development of the Climate Movement 32. Between Pragmatism and Radicalization. NGOs and Social Movements in International Climate Politics Achim Brunnengräber 33. Re-Framing Climate Change: The Cochabamba Conference and Global Climate Politics Johannes Kruse 34. Debates and Conflicts in the Climate Movement Matthias Dietz 35. Small Island States and the new Climate Change: the Case of Kiribati Silja Klepp 36. Ambivalent involvement: Civil-Society Actors in Forest Carbon Offsets. The case of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB) Jonas Hein und Heiko Garrelts 37. In the Periphery of the Climate Movement – Humanitarian Organizations Johannes Herbeck 38. Conclusion: Results of the Handbook - State, Influence and Future of the Climate Movement Matthias Dietz

About the Editors

Matthias Dietz is a political scientist at the Centre for Social Policy Research at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Heiko Garrelts is a political scientist at the Research Centre for Sustainability Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany.

The cover photo was taken by Toben Dilworth.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
HISTORY / Social History
NATURE / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy