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Global Climate Justice Activism: “The New Protagonists” and their Projects for a Just Transition

Smith, Jackie and Patterson, Jacqueline (2018) Global Climate Justice Activism: “The New Protagonists” and their Projects for a Just Transition. In: Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 245-272. ISBN 978-3-319-89739-4, 978-3-319-89740-0

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The contributors to this volume have provided ample evidence to support calls for fundamental, transformative change in the world-system. If there remained any doubts, their analyses show that the capitalist world-system threatens not only the well-being of a majority of the world’s people, but also the very survival of our planet. Indeed, the urgency of the ecological and economic conditions that many people now face and the immense inequalities that have become more entrenched require that scholars become more consciously engaged in the work of advancing social transformation. Revolutionary change is emergent in movement spaces where people have long been working to develop shared analyses and cultivate collective power and agency by building unity among a diverse array of activists, organizations, and movements. We discuss three examples of transformative projects that are gaining increased visibility and attention: food sovereignty, solidarity economies, and Human Rights Communities. If widely adopted, these projects would undermine the basic processes necessary for the capitalist world-system to function. With these projects, defenders of environmental and social justice not only work to prevent their own (further) dispossession by denying capital its ability to continue appropriating labor and resources from working people and communities, but they also help deepen the existing systemic crisis while sowing the seeds of a new social order.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Smith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.edujgsmith0000-0002-4808-0391
Patterson, Jacqueline
Date: 2018
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: New York
Page Range: pp. 245-272
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: No
ISBN: 978-3-319-89739-4, 978-3-319-89740-0
Title of Book: Ecologically Unequal Exchange: Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Additional Information: This is a pre-publication version of the chapter, prior to copyedit and production by publisher.
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 19:58
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 19:58


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