Edited by Paul G. Harris
Chapter 7: A cosmopolitan agenda for climate justice: embracing non-state actors
Looking at climate change from a cosmopolitan perspective can help us to fully comprehend the practical and normative complexities of the problem. A cosmopolitan agenda for climate justice moves beyond considering what states can and should do to focus more attention on the role of individuals and other non-state actors. There has been an explosion in the number of non-state actors involved in the climate change response, and billions of individuals are capable of action. The post-Paris Agreement climate regime treats these actors as a key part of an effective policy response. A cosmopolitan viewpoint discerns non-state actors’ responsibilities in efforts to mitigate climate change, adapt to its impacts and aid those who do and will suffer from it. A cosmopolitan agenda for climate justice critiques states as exclusive holders of climate-related responsibility and vehicles for climate justice. Individuals and other non-state actors are also responsible and able to contribute to realizing climate justice.
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