A Research Agenda for Climate Justice
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A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Edited by Paul G. Harris

Climate change will bring great suffering to communities, individuals and ecosystems. Those least responsible for the problem will suffer the most. Justice demands urgent action to reverse its causes and impacts. In this provocative new book, Paul G. Harris brings together a collection of original essays to explore alternative, innovative approaches to understanding and implementing climate justice in the future. Through investigations informed by philosophy, politics, sociology, law and economics, this Research Agenda reveals how climate change is a matter of justice and makes concrete proposals for more effective mitigation.
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Chapter 6: Climate change and capitalism: a degrowth agenda for climate justice

Carlos Tornel


As advocated by an elite international managerial class and environmental non-governmental organizations, the concept of climate justice has become an empty signifier. The dominant approach to climate justice has systematically depoliticized the demands of the climate justice movement, rendering problems into a large-scale enterprise that consists of deploying technocratic and managerial solutions that perpetuate a post-political condition whereby elite groups are called into action so that nothing really changes. Degrowth, which has emerged as a social and academic movement in recent decades, offers a way to (re)politicize the climate justice movement. It can do this by critiquing the prevailing techno-managerial discourse, by radically contesting the role of individual responsibilities through calls for collective action, and by demanding revolutionary social transformation. To solve the climate crisis, degrowth should go beyond Promethean technological solutions presented by dominant discourses of ecological modernization and capitalism.

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