Climate Justice In, By, And for Africa

Authored by: Patrick Bond

Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415839259
eBook ISBN: 9780203773536
Adobe ISBN: 9781135038878

10.4324/9780203773536.ch14

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Abstract

The African component of the climate justice movement is critical, given the continent’s extreme vulnerability to climate change, and the ‘climate debt’ it is owed, having not (South African and Nigerian-based corporations aside) contributed to the world’s greatest man-made crisis. The broader Climate Justice movement emerged in part from Africa during the early 2000s, fusing a variety of progressive political-economic and political-ecological currents. Africa soon became the source of some outstanding examples of social mobilization against climate change, its sources, and its impacts. One network, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, built a coalition of 500 groups between 2008 and 2013. 1

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