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.
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Introduction: Climate Crisis? What Climate Crisis?
Steffen Böhm and Sian Sullivan
1. One Earth, Many Futures, No Destination
2. From Efficiency to Resilience: Systemic Change towards Sustainability after COVID-19 Pandemic
Minna Halme, Eeva Furman, Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti, Jouni Jaakkola, Lassi Linnanen, Jari Lyytimäki, Mikko Mönkkänen, Arto O. Salonen, Katriina Soini, Katriina Siivonen, Tuuli Toivonen and Anne Tolvanen
3. On Climate Change Ontologies and the Spirit(s) of Oil
II WHAT COUNTS?
4. Why Net Zero Policies Do More Harm than Good
James G. Dyke, Wolfgang Knorr and Robert Watson
5. The Carbon Bootprint of the US Military and Prospects for a Safer Climate
Patrick Bigger, Cara Kennelly, Oliver Belcher and Ben Neimark
6. Climate Migration Is about People, Not Numbers
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 and Mike Hulme
7. We’ll Always Have Paris
8. The Atmospheric Carbon Commons in Transition
9. The Mobilisation of Extractivism: The Social and Political Influence of the Fossil Fuel Industry
Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg
10. End the ‘Green’ Delusions: Industrial-Scale Renewable Energy is Fossil Fuel+
11. I’m Sian, and I’m a Fossil Fuel Addict: On Paradox, Disavowal and (Im)Possibility in Changing Climate Change
IV DISPATCHES FROM A CLIMATE CHANGE FRONTLINE COUNTRY—NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA
12. Gendered Climate Change-Induced Human-Wildlife Conflicts (HWC) amidst COVID-19 in the Erongo Region, Namibia
Selma Lendelvo, Romie Nghitevelekwa and Mechtilde Pinto
13. Environmental Change in Namibia: Land-Use Impacts and Climate Change as Revealed by Repeat Photography
Rick Rohde, M. Timm Hoffman and Sian Sullivan
14. On Climate and the Risk of Onto-Epistemological Chainsaw Massacres: A Study on Climate Change and Indigenous People in Namibia Revisited
15. Towards a Fossil Fuel Treaty
16. How Governments React to Climate Change: An Interview with the Political Theorists Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann
Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann
17. Inside Out COPs: Turning Climate Negotiations Upside Down
Shahrin Mannan, Saleemul Huq and Mizan R. Khan
18. Local Net Zero Emissions Plans: How Can National Governments Help?
19. Reversing the Failures of Climate Governance: Radical Action for Climate Justice
Paul G. Harris
20. Climate Finance and the Promise of Fake Solutions to Climate Change
21. The Promise and Peril of Financialised Climate Governance
Rami Kaplan and David Levy
22. What Is to Be Done to Save the Planet?
23. Climate Politics between Conflict and Complexity
24. Sustainable Foodscapes: Hybrid Food Networks Creating Food Change
25. Telling the ‘Truth’: Communication of the Climate Protest Agenda in the UK Legacy Media
26. Climate Justice Advocacy: Strategic Choices for Glasgow and Beyond
27. Public Engagement with Radical Climate Change Action
28. Five Questions whilst Walking: For Those that Decided to Participate in Agir Pour le Vivant
Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan