Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice

Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian, and Debashish Munshi, featuring contributions by Greta Gaard and many others. Zed Books, 2019.

Approaching the issues of climate change and climate justice from a range of diverse perspectives including those of culture, gender, indigeneity, race, and sexuality, as well as challenging colonial histories and capitalist presents, Climate Futures boldly addresses the apparent inevitability of climate chaos.

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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Table of Contents:

Foreword: Equity: The Final Frontier for an Effective Climate Change AgreementSunita Narain

1: Climate Futures: An Introduction – Debashish Munshi, Priya Kurian, John Foran, and Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Part I: Climate Change, Colonialism, and Capitalism

  1. Way Beyond the Lifeboat: An Indigenous Peoples’ Allegory of Climate Justice – Kyle Powys Whyte
  2. The Politics of Climate Change is More than the Politics of Capitalism – Dipesh Chakrabarty
  3. The Grand Theft of the Atmosphere: Sketches for a Theory of Climate Injustice – Andreas Malm and Rikard Warlenius
  4. Taking on Big Oil by Looking Within – Anjali Appadurai
  5. Climate Change Forces Post-Capitalism – Kim Stanley Robinson

Part II: Climate Change through Lenses of Diversity

  1. Zooming In, Calling Out:  (M)anthropogenic Climate Change through the Lens of gender – Sherilyn MacGregor
  2. A Culture-centered Approach to Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from New Zealand – Debashish Munshi, Priya Kurian and Sandra L. Morrison
  3. Exorbitant Responsibility:  Geographies of Climate Justice – Nigel Clark and Yasmin Gunaratnam
  4. Indigeneity and Climate Justice in Northern Sweden – Seema Arora-Jonsson
  5. Out of the Closets and into the Climate! Queer Feminist Climate Justice – Greta Gaard

Part III: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Climate Justice

  1. Sleepwalking is a Death Sentence for Humanity: Manifesto for a Sociology of the Climate Crisis and of Climate Justice – John Foran
  2. A Role for the Environmental Humanities: Directly Intervening in Anthropogenic Climate Change – Ken Hiltner
  3. Media and Climate Justice: What Space for Alternative Discourses? – Anabela Carvalho
  4. Shifting the Balance of Forces through Sanctions against Trump and US Carbon Capital – Patrick Bond
  5. Linking Environmental Justice and Climate Justice through Academia and the Prison Industrial Complex – David Pellow
  6. Democracy and Climate Justice: The Unfolding of Tragedy –Walter Baber and Robert V. Bartlett

Part IV: The Quest for Climate Justice across the World

  1. The Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership: A Pacific Approach to a Global Problem – Cherelle Lagipoiva Jackson
  2. Community Approaches to Climate Justice: Cases from Papua New Guinea – Sangion Appiee Tiu
  3. Cultural Resilience and Climate Change: Everyday Lives in Niue – Jess Pasisi
  4. The Contradictory Development Policies of the Maldives in the Face of Climate Change – Mohamed Hamdhaan Zuhair
  5. Why Capacity Building Needs to Do Justice to the Global South: Insights from Bangladesh – Naznin Nasir, Meraz Mostafa, M. Feisal Rahman, and Saleemul Huq
  6. China:  Climate Justice without a Social Movement?  – Fengshi Wu
  7. Entrenched Vulnerabilities: Evaluating Climate Justice Across Development and Adaptation Responses in Southern India – Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar, Garima Jain, Kavya Michael, and Chandni Singh
  8. Self Interest Trumps Global Climate Action in Africa and Elsewhere – Nnimmo Bassey
  9. Frontlines, Intersections, and Creativity: The Growth of the North American Climate Justice Movement – John Foran, Corrie Grosse, and Brad Hornick

Part V: Thinking beyond the Here and Now: Envisioning Many Futures

  1. Change is and will be Local – Anna Pérez Català
  2. “We’re doing something together that will reverberate down over time”:  An Interview with Bill McKibben, John Foran
  3. Climate Justice Must be Anti-Patriarchal, or It Will Not Be Systemic – Majandra Rodriguez Acha
  4. Is Vivir Bien Possible? Candid Thoughts about Systemic Alternatives – Pablo Solón
  5. Committing to a Just Transition – Jonathon Porritt