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Climate Justice

What is 'Climate Justice'?
CJ is the fusion of social and environmental justice philosophies, political practices and projects aiming to both redefine and redistribute wealth and to transform socio-economic relations, grounded in a political-ecological praxis (analysis-activism) that seeks root causes and proposes and implements genuine solutions to the climate crisis.

Eskom & the World Bank


Climate Justice Protest at the US Consulate, 31 August



Links to Climate Justice Articles

At the heart of our wealth and our woes, the ‘Minerals-Energy Complex’
with Khadija Sharife, The Mercury, 19 July 2011

When Julius Malema proposes mining industry partial nationalization – and last week asks, quite legitimately, ‘what is the alternative?’ to those in the SA Communist Party and Business Leadership South Africa who throw cold water at him – a debate of enormous ideological magnitude opens, which ordinary folk in civil society should join. Especially those with a green streak.

The insider-outsider climate quandary
The Mercury, 5 July 2011

Think ahead five months, but first, back last month. For we’ve just witnessed a preview of critical differences between civilized society, trying its best to get into the COP17 summit in Durban to make some minor climate policy modifications at the edges, and uncivilized society trying to generate eco-social change on the outside in order to save the planet.

From Bonn to Durban, climate meetings are Conferences of Polluters
ZNet, 21 June 2011

Judging by what transpired at last week’s global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of procrastinators, the ‘COP 17’ (Conference of Parties), dooming the earth to the frying pan. Further inaction on climate change will leave our city’s name as infamous for elite incompetence and political betrayal as is Oslo’s in the Middle East.

Climate finance leadership risks global bankruptcy
The Mercury, 24 April 2011

National planning minister Trevor Manuel is apparently being considered as co-chair of the global Green Climate Fund. This week in Mexico City, he helps design what will be the world’s biggest-ever replenishing pool of aid money, responsible for a promised $100 billion of annual grants by 2020, more than the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and allied regional banks put together.

As climate summit approaches, SA industrial policy hits green wall
Southern Africa Report, 18 April 2011

Hosting the Durban COP17 – let’s rename it the ‘Conference of Polluters’ – starting in late November puts quite a burden on the African National Congress government in Pretoria: to pretend to be pro-green.

South Africa prepares for ‘Conference of Polluters’
Sunday Independent, 8 February 2011

At the past two United Nations Kyoto Protocol’s ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COPs) climate summits, Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancún in 2010, as well as at prior meetings such as Nairobi, how did South African leaders and negotiators perform?

The South African government’s ‘talk left walk right’ climate policy Climate and Capitalism, 1 February 2011

It’s worth acquiring South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Green Paper, if only to prepare for the deluge of technical and political debate that Durban will host in exactly eight months’ time.

Dethroning King Coal in 2011, from West Virginia to Durban
Znet, January 30, 2011

South Africa’s crust was drill-pocked with abandon since Kimberley diamonds were found in 1867 and then Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) gold was unearthed in 1886. But the world’s interest in how we trash our environment perked up again last week for two reasons:
Zulu Translation

The latest Minerals-Energy Complex attack on nature and society
Patrick Bond 18 January 2011

We’ve soiled South Africa’s beautiful natural nest for more than a century, but the world’s interest in how we trash our environment perked up last week for two reasons:

Climate capitalism’ won at Cancun - everyone else loses

Patrick Bond 13 December 2010

CANCUN, MEXICO. The December 11 closure of the 16th Conference of the Parties – the global climate summit - in balmy Cancun was portrayed by most participants and mainstream journalists as a victory, a ‘step forward’. Bragged US State Department lead negotiator Todd Stern, “Ideas that were first of all, skeletal last year, and not approved, are now approved and elaborated.”

El capitalismo climático gana en Cancún (Spanish)
Ongxiwankulu abazicebisa ngeSimo seZulu’ banqobile eCancun - thina sonke sangaphumelela (Zulu)

A climate conference, old and new oil curses, and Norwegian ‘Good Samaritans’ by Patrick Bond November 2010

Climate Justice articles by Patrick Bond & others September 2009- December 2010

From renewed climate hope to unrealizable market expectations Business Day, December 2010

Climate capitalism’ won at Cancun - everyone else loses
Links, ZNet, Counterpunch and numerous other ezines, 12 December 2010

Anatomies of environmental knowledge and resistance
with Michael K. Dorsey, Australian Journal of Political Economy, November 2010

A climate conference, old and new oil curses, and ‘Good Samaritans’
CounterPunch, Links, ZNet, 22 November 2010

Community resistance to energy privatization in South Africa

with Trevor Ngwane, in Kolya Abramsky (Ed),

Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World,
Oakland, AK Press, September 2010

Emissions trading, new enclosures and eco‑social contestation
Antipode, August 2010**

Climate justice politics across space and scale
Human Geography, July 2010

Climate debt owed to Africa: What to demand and how to collect?
African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, June 2010

Climate justice, climate debt, and anti‑capitalism
Upping the Anti, May 2010

World Bank threat to South African politics and the world’s climate
The Mercury, 13 April 2010

Circumventing the climate cul‑de‑sac: Charleston‑Cochabamba‑Caracas versus Kyoto‑Copenhagen‑Cancun
Social Text, March 2010

Maintaining momentum after Copenhagen’s collapse: ‘Seal the deal’ or
‘“Seattle” the deal’?

Capitalism Nature Socialism, March 2010

Climate justice opportunities after US carbon market and legislative crashes
with Desmond D’Sa, ZNet, 31 March 2010

What will Zoellick break next? Firms and financial institutions, countries and the climate?
Counterpunch, 19 March 2010

Durban’s waste of energy
The Mercury, 3 February 2010

SA’s self‑interested carbon pollution gels with ‘disappointing’ global climate governance
Sunday Independent, 24 January 2010

Eskom’s price hikes plus climate change contributions blow citizen fuses
with Alice Thomson, in The Mercury, 20 January 2010

The carbon market ship is sinking fast
ZNet, 19 January 2010

Why climate justice did not crumble at the summit
Counterpunch, 12 January

Curing post‑Copenhagen hangover
Znet, Climate and Capitalism, MRZine, Links /and others, 23 December 2009

Countering critics of a cap‑and‑trade critique
ZNet, Counterpunch, 15 December 2009

Reproducing Life as Guide to Climate Politics
Women in Action, December 2009

‘False solutions’ to climate crisis amplify eco‑injustices
with Khadija Sharife, in Women in Action, December 2009

Copenhagen friends and foes
Muslim Views, December 2009

From climate denialism to activist alliances in memory of Seattle
ZNet, 30 November 2009

Lessons for Copenhagen from Seattle via Addis Ababa
ZCommentaries, November 2009

When the climate change center cannot hold
ZNet, 24 October 2009

‘Seattle’ Copenhagen, as Africans demand reparations
ZNet, 6 September 2009

Repaying Africa for climate crisis: ‘Ecological debt’ as a development
finance alternative to emissions trading

in S. Böhm and S. Dabhi (Eds), Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets, London, MayFlyBooks, September 2009

Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments
Edited by Patrick Bond, Rehana Dada and Graham Erion
Second edition, 2009

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