Chapter 23: Greening anti-imperialism and the national question
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This chapter considers and criticises ‘green’ transformation proposals going under the name of the ‘Green New Deal’, paying particular attention to the version proposed by US politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey. It also considers and criticises a range of far-right proposals relating to border control, population management, and the enclosure of non-human natures, including those currently used by primary producers, in order to bolster a new round of sustainable accumulation. The chapter then points to elements of a radical People’s Green New Deal, which it argues is necessary for a just and egalitarian transition to clean energy. The chapter also discusses climate debt, demilitarisation in the imperial core, and decolonisation in the periphery and core alike. It focuses on land, highlighting the enduring ‘national question’ and demonstrating that sovereignty in the periphery is essential for a just worldwide transition, and examines the role of Indigenous peoples in biodiversity management.

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