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Patrick Bond Presents Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below

Politics of Climate JusticePolitics of Climate Justice is an indispensable read for anyone who seeks to understand world leaders’ responses to climate change through the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP).

Patrick Bond provides vital background and theoretical context to what happened at the COPS of Kyoto, Copenhagen, Cancún and Durban. He explores the favoured strategies of key elites from the crisis-ridden global and national power blocs, including South Africa, and finds them incapable of reconciling the threat to the planet with their economies’ addiction to fossil fuels.

Finally, the book reveals sites of climate justice and interrogates the new movement’s approach.

“A very valuable contribution to scholarship. The originality of the book lies in what Patrick Bond calls ‘climate-crisis capitalism’ – a brilliant and original notion. The central theme is that global elites are failing to deal with the threat of climate change and so effective action depends on pressure from civil society led by the climate justice movement.”
– Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand

About the author

Patrick Bond is Senior Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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