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From Student Strikes to the Extinction Rebellion

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From Student Strikes to the Extinction Rebellion

New Protest Movements Shaping our Future

9781800881082 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 80088 108 2 Extent: c 192 pp
Across the world, millions of people are taking to the streets demanding urgent action on climate breakdown and other environmental emergencies. Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future and Climate Strikes are part of a new lexicon of environmental protest advocating civil disobedience to leverage change. This groundbreaking book – also a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment – critically unveils the legal and political context of this new wave of eco-activisms. It illustrates how the practise of dissent builds on a long tradition of grassroots activism, such as the Anti-Nuclear movement, but brings into focus new participants, such as school children, and new distinctive aesthetic tactics, such as the mass ‘die-ins’ and ‘discobedience’ theatrics in public spaces.

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Across the world, millions of people are taking to the streets demanding urgent action on climate breakdown and other environmental emergencies. Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future and Climate Strikes are part of a new lexicon of environmental protest advocating civil disobedience to leverage change. This groundbreaking book – also a Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment – critically unveils the legal and political context of this new wave of eco-activisms. It illustrates how the practise of dissent builds on a long tradition of grassroots activism, such as the Anti-Nuclear movement, but brings into focus new participants, such as school children, and new distinctive aesthetic tactics, such as the mass ‘die-ins’ and ‘discobedience’ theatrics in public spaces.

Expert international authors offer fresh insights into the strategies and goals of these protest movements, the changing vocabulary of environmental activism, such as the ‘climate emergency’, and the contribution of specific protest actors, particularly youth and indigenous peoples. They also consider how some governments have responded to these actions with draconian anti-protest legislation, and by using the Covid-19 pandemic as cover to keep protesters off the streets. The scholarly analyses are complemented with first-hand interviews of some leading protagonists, including Extinction Rebellion leaders and Green Party politicians. The result is an unrivalled analysis of the role of new environmental protest movements seeking to drive a new generation of policies and laws for climate action and social justice.

This impressive book will prove an important and insightful read for students and scholars interested in environmental law, climate law, and grass roots activism specifically.
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Contributors include: Y. Abe, J. Bartley, C. Burgess, C. Grosse, N. Gunningham, D. James, P. Manley, B. Mark, T. McCreary, R. Reed, B.J. Richardson, F. Rochford, N. Rogers, S. Schade, A.B. Suman, C. Swarbrick


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Volume 11, Special Issue, 2020

Contents:

Editorial

Introduction
Benjamin J. Richardson

Articles

Can climate activism deliver transformative change: Extinction Rebellion, business & people power
Neil Gunningham

Cultivating ethics of decolonizing allyship in climate organizing: reflections on Extinction Rebellion Vancouver
Dana James, et al.

Moral education in the face of orthodoxy – environmental crisis and dissent
Francine Rochford

Exploring legitimization strategies for contested uses of citizen-generated data for policy?
Anna Berti Suman, Sven Schade and Yasuhito Abe

Victim, litigant, activist, messiah: the child in a time of climate change
Nicole Rogers

A colonized COP: Indigenous exclusion and youth climate justice activism at the United Nations climate change negotiations
Corrie Grosse and Brigid Mark

Pipelines in the time of Indigenous resurgence
Tyler McCreary

Interviews

XR representatives
Claire Burgess and Rupert Reed

Green politicians
Jonathan Bartley, Paul Manley and Chloe Swarbrick



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