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Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement

Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement

by Michael Mendez

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Overview

An urgent and timely story of the contentious politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy

Winner of the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, sponsored by the International Studies Association (ISA)

 
"Should be required reading for the most committed Green New Dealers and their opponents alike.”—Liam Denning, Bloomberg

Although the science of climate change is clear, policy decisions about how to respond to its effects remain contentious. Even when such decisions claim to be guided by objective knowledge, they are made and implemented through political institutions and relationships—and all the competing interests and power struggles that this implies. Michael Méndez tells a timely story of people, place, and power in the context of climate change and inequality. He explores the perspectives and influence low‑income people of color bring to their advocacy work on climate change. In California, activist groups have galvanized behind issues such as air pollution, poverty alleviation, and green jobs to advance equitable climate solutions at the local, state, and global levels. Arguing that environmental protection and improving public health are inextricably linked, Mendez contends that we must incorporate local knowledge, culture, and history into policymaking to fully address the global complexities of climate change and the real threats facing our local communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300232158
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 170,652
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Méndez is assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine. He previously served in California as a senior consultant, lobbyist, and gubernatorial appointee during the passage of the state’s internationally acclaimed climate change legislation.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

List of Abbreviations xx

1 Seeing Carbon Reductionism and Climate Change from the Streets 1

2 Climate Embodiment 33

3 Contentious Capitol Climates 58

4 Changing the Climate from the Streets of Oakland 91

5 Cap and Trade-Offs 115

6 Climate beyond Borders 147

7 California Complexity and Possibility 185

Afterword 203

Appendix 207

Notes 211

Bibliography 239

Index 271

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