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Decolonizing the Atmosphere: The Climate Justice Movement on Climate Debt

Hjorth Warlenius, Rikard LU (2017) In Journal of Environment and Development
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A central concept raised by the climate justice movement is climate debt. Here, the claims and warrants of the movement support for climate debt is identified through an argumentation analysis of their central manifestos. It is found that the climate debt claim is understood as primarily restorative, in the sense that the environmental space of the developing countries must be returned, “decolonized.” The damage caused by climate change also gives rise to a compensatory adaptation debt. The result is compared with an earlier study on ecological debt. Both concepts are framed within an unjust power relation between North and South, but there are differences. Ecological debt is mainly analyzed in terms of an unjust economic exploitation,... (More)
A central concept raised by the climate justice movement is climate debt. Here, the claims and warrants of the movement support for climate debt is identified through an argumentation analysis of their central manifestos. It is found that the climate debt claim is understood as primarily restorative, in the sense that the environmental space of the developing countries must be returned, “decolonized.” The damage caused by climate change also gives rise to a compensatory adaptation debt. The result is compared with an earlier study on ecological debt. Both concepts are framed within an unjust power relation between North and South, but there are differences. Ecological debt is mainly analyzed in terms of an unjust economic exploitation, which is congenial with its use as an argument for cancellation of Southern external debts; climate debt is rather seen as a violation of communal rights and territories, an argument for climate justice. (Less)
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Avkolonisera atmosfären: klimaträttviserörelsen om klimatskuld
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environmental justice, climate justice movements, sustainable development, ecological debt, climate debt, environmental justice, climate justice movements, ecological debt, climate debt, sustainable development
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Journal of Environment and Development
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1552-5465
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10.1177/1070496517744593
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
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  series       = {Journal of Environment and Development},
  title        = {Decolonizing the Atmosphere: The Climate Justice Movement on Climate Debt},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1070496517744593},
  year         = {2017},
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