Climate justice

Newell, Peter (2022) Climate justice. Journal of Peasant Studies. ISSN 0306-6150 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The concept of climate justice is now omnipresent in debates about the climate emergency that society faces. Whereas once it was engaged with as a largely scholarly endeavour by philosophers exploring the ethical and moral dimensions of climate change as a social and political phenomena (Shue 2014; Page 2006; Bell 2013; Caney, 2014; Harris, 2016, 2019; Schlosberg & Collins, 2014; Moss 2018; Hayward and Roser 2016; Posner and Weisback 2010), from the early 2000s it also became a rallying cry for environmental and climate organisations using it as a framing to place issues of climate debt and historical responsibility centre stage and to demand justice for those communities on the frontline of the climate crisis, but who have contributed least to it (Bond 2012; Bruno et al 1999; UNRISD 2019). Despite some overlap, these strands of work often evolve in parallel and as others have noted, there are still ‘disconnects and tensions between more philosophical and academic treatments of the subject on the one hand, and “activist”-oriented approaches to climate justice on the other’ (Newell et al 2021:1). In this short concept note, I briefly contextualise the origins and evolution of the term, relating it to ongoing shifts in the world of climate politics before relating it to current debates in agrarian studies to illustrate the significant scope for understanding agrarian struggles through the lens of climate justice, but also how insights from agrarian studies can enrich understandings and practices of climate justice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Climate change, Justice, agrarian change
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 06:40
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 09:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105885

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