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Contours of Climate Justice – Ideas for shaping new climate and energy politics

Critical currents No. 6, October 2009
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The 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.

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» Introduction
Radical climate change politics in Copenhagen and beyond:
From criticism to action?

Ulrich Brand, Nicola Bullard,
Edgardo Lander and Tadzio Mueller

Part 1 » How did we get here in the first place?
A feminist critique of the climate change discourse. From biopolitics to necropolitics?
Ewa Charkiewicz
Kyoto´s ‘flexible mechanisms’ and the right to pollute the air
Achim Brunnengräber
Climate change and capitalism’s ecological fix in Latin America
Eduardo Gudynas
The deadly triad: Climate change, free trade and capitalism
Walden Bello

Part 2 » Wrong turns, dead-ends and cross-roads
REDD realities
Simone Lovera
Green capitalism and the climate: It’s economic growth, stupid!
Tadzio Mueller and Alexis Passadakis
Fixing the world’s climate ‘foodprint’
Anne Laure Constantin
The right to the city
– energy and climate change

Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin

Part 3 » Mapping (and walking) the terrain of climate justice
Climate justice in the US
Gopal Dayaneni
Climate change and human rights
Wolfgang Sachs
Energy, crisis and world-wide
production relations

Kolya Abramsky
Degrowth, or deconstruction of the economy: Towards a sustainable world
Enrique Leff
The rights of nature, new forms of citizenship and the Good Life
– Echoes of the Constitución de Montecristi in Ecuador

Alberto Acosta

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