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Steffen Böhm; Sian Sullivan

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  • English

Print Length

472 pages (lxx+402)


Paperback156 x 33 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.29" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 37 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.44" x 9.21")


Paperback1960g (69.14oz)
Hardback2365g (83.42oz)



OCLC Number





  • RN
  • RNT
  • RNA
  • J
  • PSAF


  • SCI019000
  • SCI026000
  • SCI042000
  • SOC026040


  • QC903


  • climate change
  • carbon emissions
  • climate activism
  • paradigms
  • extraction
  • climate change frontline country
  • governance
  • finance
  • action
  • climate crisis
  • case studies
  • social sciences
  • climate change negotiation
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Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

Climate change negotiations have failed the world. Despite more than thirty years of high-level, global talks on climate change, we are still seeing carbon emissions rise dramatically. This edited volume, comprising leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong and what is to be done to create more decisive action.

Composed of twenty-eight essays—a combination of new and republished texts—the anthology is organised around seven main themes: paradigms; what counts?; extraction; dispatches from a climate change frontline country; governance; finance; and action(s). Through this multifaceted approach, the contributors ask pressing questions about how we conceptualise and respond to the climate crisis, providing both ‘big picture’ perspectives and more focussed case studies.

This unique and extensive collection will be of great value to environmental and social scientists alike, as well as to the general reader interested in understanding current views on the climate crisis.


This work by eminent scholars from around the world offers a provocative and deeply insightful analysis of "the politics of paralysis and self-destruction” that have long hindered effective and equitable climate policy over the past 20 years. The book is very timely, and I hope will help to increase the sense of urgency for a deal that will save the planet and billions of poor people around the world that bear a disproportionate impact of climate change.

Prof Chukwumerije Okereke

Director Center of Climate Change and Development, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria


Böhm (Univ. of Exeter) and Sullivan (Bath Spa Univ.) have brought together a group of writers skilled at communicating the sense of imminent existential challenge, whose recommendations ask much of society. Every reader interested in facing current failures and discussing radically relevant solutions will find something of interest in this volume.

M. C. Stephan

CHOICE connect, vol. 59, no. 12, 2022.


1. One Earth, Many Futures, No Destination

(pp. 3–12)
  • Mike Hulme

2. From Efficiency to Resilience: Systemic Change towards Sustainability after COVID-19 Pandemic

(pp. 13–24)
  • Minna Halme
  • Eeva Furman
  • Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti
  • Jouni Jaakkola
  • Lassi Linnanen
  • Jari Lyytimäki
  • Mikko Mönkkänen
  • Arto O. Salonen
  • Katriina Soini
  • Katriina Siivonen
  • Tuuli Toivonen
  • Anne Tolvanen

3. On Climate Change Ontologies and the Spirit(s) of Oil

(pp. 25–36)
  • Sian Sullivan

4. Why Net Zero Policies Do More Harm than Good

(pp. 39–52)
  • James G. Dyke
  • Wolfgang Knorr
  • Robert Watson

5. The Carbon Bootprint of the US Military and Prospects for a Safer Climate

(pp. 53–62)
  • Patrick Bigger
  • Cara Kennelly
  • Oliver Belcher
  • Ben Neimark

6. Climate Migration Is about People, Not Numbers

(pp. 63–82)
  • David Durand-Delacre
  • Giovanni Bettini
  • Sarah L. Nash
  • Harald Sterly
  • Giovanna Gioli
  • Elodie Hut
  • Ingrid Boas
  • Carol Farbotko
  • Patrick Sakdapolrak
  • Mirjam de Bruijn
  • Basundhara Tripathy Furlong
  • Kees van der Geest
  • Samuel Lietaer
  • Mike Hulme

7. We’ll Always Have Paris

(pp. 83–96)
  • Mike Hannis

8. The Atmospheric Carbon Commons in Transition

(pp. 97–110)
  • Bruce Lankford

9. The Mobilisation of Extractivism: The Social and Political Influence of the Fossil Fuel Industry

(pp. 113–126)
  • Christopher Wright
  • Daniel Nyberg

10. End the ‘Green’ Delusions: Industrial-Scale Renewable Energy is Fossil Fuel+

(pp. 127–138)
  • Alexander Dunlap

11. I’m Sian, and I’m a Fossil Fuel Addict: On Paradox, Disavowal and (Im)Possibility in Changing Climate Change

(pp. 139–156)
  • Sian Sullivan

12. Gendered Climate Change-Induced Human-Wildlife Conflicts (HWC) amidst COVID-19 in the Erongo Region, Namibia

(pp. 159–172)
  • Selma Lendelvo
  • Romie Nghitevelekwa
  • Mechtilde Pinto

13. Environmental Change in Namibia: Land-Use Impacts and Climate Change as Revealed by Repeat Photography

(pp. 173–188)
  • Sian Sullivan
  • Rick Rohde
  • M. Timm Hoffman

14. On Climate and the Risk of Onto-Epistemological Chainsaw Massacres: A Study on Climate Change and Indigenous People in Namibia Revisited

(pp. 189–206)
  • Ute Dieckmann

15. Towards a Fossil Fuel Treaty

(pp. 209–216)
  • Peter Newell

16. How Governments React to Climate Change: An Interview with the Political Theorists Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann

(pp. 217–224)
  • Geoff Mann
  • Joel Wainright

17. Inside Out COPs: Turning Climate Negotiations Upside Down

(pp. 225–230)
  • Shahrin Mannan
  • Saleemul Huq
  • Mizan R. Khan

18. Local Net Zero Emissions Plans: How Can National Governments Help?

(pp. 231–242)
  • Ian Bailey

19. Reversing the Failures of Climate Governance: Radical Action for Climate Justice

(pp. 243–252)
  • Paul G. Harris

20. Climate Finance and the Promise of Fake Solutions to Climate Change

(pp. 255–276)
  • Sarah Bracking

21. The Promise and Peril of Financialised Climate Governance

(pp. 277–288)
  • Rami Kaplan
  • David Levy

22. What Is to Be Done to Save the Planet?

(pp. 291–302)
  • Peter North

23. Climate Politics between Conflict and Complexity

(pp. 303–312)
  • Matthew Paterson

24. Sustainable Foodscapes: Hybrid Food Networks Creating Food Change

(pp. 313–322)
  • Rebecca Sandover

25. Telling the ‘Truth’: Communication of the Climate Protest Agenda in the UK Legacy Media

(pp. 323–334)
  • Sharon Gardham

26. Climate Justice Advocacy: Strategic Choices for Glasgow and Beyond

(pp. 335–352)
  • Patrick Bond

27. Public Engagement with Radical Climate Change Action

(pp. 353–366)
  • Lorraine Whitmarsh

28. Five Questions whilst Walking: For Those that Decided to Participate in Agir Pour le Vivant

(pp. 367–378)
  • Isabelle Fremeaux
  • Jay Jordan

Introduction: Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?

(pp. xxxiii–lxx)
  • Steffen Böhm
  • Sian Sullivan


Sian Sullivan

Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University