In the Periphery of the Climate Movement: Humanitarian Organizations

Authored by: Johannes Herbeck

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.ch37

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Abstract

Their perception as “normative and epistemic authorities” (Ecker-Ehrhardt 2007: iv) has built up the reputation of humanitarian organizations as a global consciousness over the past decades. In this role, humanitarian organizations could represent a valuable resource for the climate movement. They could carry positions and political aims of the movement into international debates and decision-making processes and could add the necessary moral credibility and weight to substantially influence such processes. They could give a voice to actual and future losers of climate change, as well as of adaptation and mitigation strategies of the international climate governance.

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