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A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Edited by Paul G. Harris, Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
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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Publication Date: November 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 816 3
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Human Rights
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

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 original essays to explore innovative approaches to understanding and implementing climate justice in the future.

Through investigations informed by theories from philosophy, politics, sociology, law and economics, this Research Agenda reveals the actors most responsible for climate change and suggests concrete proposals for more effective mitigation. Addressing the distribution of scarce resources and the disproportionate responsibility of affluent nations and people, this insightful book asserts that climate change is a matter of equity, fairness and social and distributive justice. It argues that climate change is shaping up to be the greatest injustice in all of human history.

This analytical and thought-provoking Research Agenda will be a valuable tool for climate change researchers while its interdisciplinary approach will appeal to students and academics researching in the fields of global environmental politics, sustainability, international relations, environmental philosophy and law. The examination of the key questions of climate justice from global through to individual levels will also aid policy-makers, practitioners and activists.

‘What should we do? Better to start with: What should we not do? The answer: Most of what we are now doing. This demands provocative, innovative research. The contributors in this exceptional volume consider future generations, effective policies, rich and poor, wealth vs. welfare, wild creatures, technology, degrowth, risks, rights, refugees, individuals in nations, large and small. There is no better analysis of the prospects of failure and success in climate justice.’
– Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University, US
Contributors include: R. Attfield, I. Bailey, F. Corvino, A. Dietzel, J. Donhauser, P.G. Harris, S. Kopra, J.S. Mastaler, S.R. O’Doherty, G. Pellegrini-Masini, A. Pirni, D. Storey, C. Swingle, C. Tornel, I. Wallimann-Helmer


Contents:

Preface

1. Climate justice: the urgent research agenda(s)
Paul G. Harris

2. Vital needs and climate change: inter-human, inter-generational and inter-species justice
Robin Attfield

3. Common but differentiated responsibilities: agency in climate justice
Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

4. The world as it is: a vision for a social science (and policy) turn in climate justice
David E. Storey

5. National climate-mitigation policy: the spatial framing of (in)justice claims
Ian Bailey

6. Climate change and capitalism: a degrowth agenda for climate justice
Carlos Tornel

7. A cosmopolitan agenda for climate justice: embracing non-state actors
Alix Dietzel and Paul G. Harris

8. Social justice and ecological consciousness: pathways to climate justice
James S. Mastaler

9. Climate justice in practice: adapting democratic institutions for environmental citizenship
Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini, Fausto Corvino and Alberto Pirni

10. Climate refugees: realizing justice through existing institutions
Justin Donhauser

11. Pre-emptive justice for future generations: reframing climate change as a ‘humanitarian climate crime’
Selina Rose O’Doherty

12. Climate justice after the Paris Agreement: understanding equity through nationally determined contributions
Claire Swingle

13. Responsibility for climate justice: the role of great powers
Sanna Kopra

Index