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A world transformed by climate justice
A world transformed by climate justice

Author(s): Madita Standke-Erdmann, Alina Viehoff
Subject(s): Political Sciences, Environmental and Energy policy, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Political Ecology, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: Climate change; climate justice; ecology; de-securitization; hope; un-cancelling the future;

Summary/Abstract: What will the world look like in 2040 and how did we get there? How will climate change, one of, if not the most pressing issue of our times be tackled on a global scale? With these questions in mind, this article invites the reader to perform a thought experiment into the future. Following an imagined snapshot of the year 2040, the reader is guided through major global developments regarding climate change, social movements and, eventually, climate justice from the 2020s to 2040s. By imagining social, political and economic consequences of climate change and responses to them, this article paints a picture of what the future could look like if climate justice became a guiding principle in the struggle of mitigating the effects of climate change. Suggesting a paradigm shift from securitizing climate change to securing climate justice, this ‘future’ calls for a discursive turn of the manner in which climate change is thought of and acted upon. It requires different entities, including academia, to recognize their role as political actors within society. Consequently, it is crucial to reflect upon whose security is (not) considered but also which responses are taken into account in what way to mitigate security risks related to climate change. The article concludes that imagining a future of climate justice is pivotal to finding solutions to the challenges we are confronted with, that is, keeping the metaphoric ship from crashing into the cliffs.

  • Issue Year: 28/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 347-365
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English