Seeking better explanations of the underlying causes and consequences of climate change, and mapping strategies toward a better future, or at a minimum, the most likely best-case world that we can get to, this book envisions planetary social movements robust enough to spark the necessary changes needed to achieve deeply sustainable and just economic, social, and political policies and practices.
Bringing together insights from interdisciplinary scholars, policymakers, creatives and activists, Climate Futures argues for the need to get past us-and-them divides and acknowledge how lives of creatures far and near, human and non-human, are interconnected.
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About the Author
John Foran is professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
Priya A. Kurian is professor of political science and public policy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Debashish Munshi is professor of management communication at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Kum-Kum Bhavnani is professor of sociology, global studies and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
John Foran is professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Priya A. Kurian is professor of political science and public policy at the University of Waikato.
Debashish Munshi is professor of management communication at the University of Waikato.
Table of Contents
List of tables xi
About the contributors xiii
List of abbreviations xxi
Foreword: Equity: the final frontier for an effective climate change agreement Sunita Narain xxiv
1 The future is ours to seek: changing the inevitability of climate chaos to prospects of hope and justice Debashish Munshi Priya A. Kurian John Foran Kum-Kum Bhavnani 1
Part 1 Climate Change, Colonialism, and Capitalism
2 Way beyond the lifeboat: an Indigenous allegory of climate justice Kyle Powys Whyte 11
3 The politics of climate change is more than the politics of capitalism Dipesh Chakrabarty 21
4 The grand theft of the atmosphere: sketches for a theory of climate injustice in the Anthropocene Andreas Malm Rikard Warlenius 32
5 Taking on big oil by looking within Anjali Appadurai 40
6 Climate change forces post-capitalism Kim Stanley Robinson 46
Part 2 Climate Change Through Lenses of Diversity
7 Zooming in, calling out: (m)anthropogenic climate change through the lens of gender Sherilyn MacGregor 57
8 A culture-centered approach to climate change adaptation: insights from New Zealand Debashish Munshi Priya A. Kurian Sandra L. Morrison 64
9 Exorbitant responsibility: geographies of climate justice Nigel Clark Yasmin Gunaratnam 73
10 Indigeneity and climate justice in northern Sweden Seema Arora-Jonsson 82
11 Out of the closets and into the climate! Queer feminist climate justice Greta Gaard 92
Part 3 Social Sciences, Humanities, and Climate Justice
12 Sleepwalking is a death sentence for humanity: manifesto for a sociology of the climate crisis and of climate justice John Foran 105
13 A role for the environmental humanities: directly intervening in anthropogenic climate change Ken Hiltner 114
14 Media and climate justice: what space for alternative discourses? Anabela Carvalho 120
15 Shifting the balance of forces through sanctions against Trump and US carbon capital Patrick Bond 127
16 Linking environmental justice and climate justice through academia and the prison industrial complex David N. Pellow 136
17 Democracy and climate justice: the unfolding of tragedy Walter F. Baber Robert V. Bartlett 145
Part 4 The Quest For Climate Justice Across the World
18 The Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership: a Pacific approach to a global problem Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson 155
19 Community approaches to climate justice: cases from Papua New Guinea Sangion Appiee Tiu 160
20 Cultural resilience and climate change: everyday lives in Niue Jess Pasisi 168
21 The contradictory development policies of the Maldives in the face of climate change Mohamed Hamdhaan Zuhair 175
22 Why capacity building needs to do justice to the Global South: insights from Bangladesh Naznin Nasir Meraz Mostafa M. Feisal Rahman Saleemul Huq 183
23 China: climate justice without a social movement? Fengshi Wu 190
24 Entrenched vulnerabilities: evaluating climate justice across development and adaptation responses in southern India Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar Garima Jain Kavya Michael Chandni Singh 200
25 Self-interest trumps global climate action in Africa and elsewhere Nnimmo Bassey 213
26 Frontlines, intersections, and creativity: the growth of the North American climate justice movement John Foran Corrie Grosse Brad Hornick 222
Part 5 Thinking Beyond the Here and Now: Envisioning Many Futures
27 Change is and will be local: alternatives from Spain Anna Pérez Català 235
28 "We're doing something together that will reverberate down over time": an interview with Bill McKibben John Foran 241
29 Climate justice must be anti-patriarchal, or it will not be systemic Majandra Rodriguez Acha 246
30 Is vivir bien possible? Candid thoughts about systemic alternatives Pablo Solón 253
31 The politics of climate change: all change Jonathon Porritt 263