Updated 2019-03-04 at 12:03 DM
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.
― Hannah Arendt “The Origins of Totalitarianism”
… the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.
― The Guardian 2019 “World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam”
We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
― Stephen Hawking
Learning outcomes week 8-11
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- critically review and analyse global power relations and apply an equity perspective on the climate change challenge;
- explain the connections between climate change, conflicts and geopolitical power relations;
Assignment week 8-11 Power
Open, non-mandatory events in Uppsala
Course book for week 8-11 Power
During week 8-11 you will read chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 in Martusewicz, R. A. (2011) EcoJustice Education: Towards Diverse, Democratic and Sustainable Communities, Routledge: Abingdon.
Texts (click on bold title to access the text), videos, audio and visuals
Introduction – Power and Climate Change
– Ciplet, David, Roberts, J. Timmons & Khan, Mizanur Rahman, 2015
Climate change, equity and development – India’s dilemmas
– Praful Bidwai, 2011, What Next Volume III: Climate, Development and Equity
A succinct account of my view on individual and collective action
– Kevin Anderson, August 24, 2016, kevinanderson.info
Inequality, Environmental Justice and Climate Change
– Douglas Starr, August 25, 2016, Science
Which fossil fuel companies are most responsible for climate change? – interactive
– Duncan Clark and Kiln, November 20, 2013, Guardian
Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?
– Kiln, September 23, 2014, Guardian
World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam
– Larry Elliott, January 21, 2019, Guardian
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us
– Paul Verhaeghe, September 29, 2014, The Guardian
Multi-level governance and power in climate change policy networks (access through University login)
– Di Gregorio et. al., 2019, Global Environmental Change
Racism, Gender, Intersectionality and Climate Change
– Annica Kronsell, Anna Kaijser, 2014, Environmental Politics
Gendered discourse about climate change policies (access through University login)
– Swim et. al., 2018, Global Environmental Change
Energy, Resources, Climate Change and Conflicts
Joshua Busby and Nina von Uexkull, 2018, Foreign Affairs
Transboundary rivers and climate change: Testing times for hydro-diplomacy to attain and maintain cooperation
– Ashok Swain, 2016, strifefinal
Typhoon Haiyan: pushing the limits of resilience? The effect of land inequality on resilience and disaster risk reduction policies in the Philippines (access through University login)
– Colin Walch, 2018, Critical Asian Studies
Bamboo Beating Bandits: Conflict, Inequality, and Vulnerability in the Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh (access through University login)
– Benjamin K.Sovacool, 2018, World Development
In-depth, extra activity week 8-11
Go on a power, conflict and climate walk
Explore the city, town, place where you live through a walk where you observe and reflect on the different concepts investigated and discussed during week 8-11.
- How have inequality, different economic and social resources and class shaped and structured the city/town/place?
- What does gender, ethnicity and an intersectional understanding reveal about the city/town/place?
- How does far away and more near conflicts play a part in all of this?
- What will a more equal society that works towards environmental justice and climate justice look like?
- And could different mitigation and adaptation policies, strategies be more inclusive and effective?
Further reading, watching, listening