Global environmental divides and dislocations

Climate apartheid, atmospheric injustice and the blighting of the planet

Authored by: Avi Brisman , Nigel South , Reece Walters

Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138633803
eBook ISBN: 9781315207094
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This chapter examines some of the ways in which global warming and climate change may impact the (im)mobility of those who have contributed the least to anthropogenic climate change. It begins with a discussion of the related projects of southern criminology and green criminology, as they pertain to, inter alia, knowledge production and problems of bias, inequality and injustice. Next, it turns to a consideration of the relationship of climate change to global dislocation, ‘cultural extinction’ and social exclusion. From here, it contemplates ‘climate reductionism’ and the dangers of ascribing all changes in environment and society to climate. Recognising that climate change may not be the central—or driving—factor in/for all present or future environmental issues, the authors argue that green criminologists must maintain the strong and broad research agenda that has helped green criminology develop so well to date. They illustrate how this might be done with an analysis of ‘atmospheric injustice’ and the ways in which air pollution is creating a local and global ‘health divide’.

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