Climate justice embodies the meeting point between the science of climate change and the politics of social change.
The concept reflects the North-South divides and global injustices of climate change. It also points to inter-generational responsibilities amid the wider contexts of social inequality, cultural rights and ecological justice. Climate justice started to gain political traction in the early 2000s: initial involvement from climate action movements and NGOs has now spread to UN agencies and academia.
The Climate Justice Research Centre in the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be launched on 17-18 August to advance its development. Climate change poses the challenge of translating abstract large-scale climate science into the everyday contexts of social justice, and thus into embedded political agendas. The centre will focus on this field of applied knowledge in the search for social and political frameworks to promote climate justice, and debate how these frameworks can be established.
This lecture by Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago discusses how distinctly geological and sociological ideas undergo mutual translation in current debates on climate change, climate justice, and the idea of the Anthropocene. His aim is to investigate the relationship between our contemporary imaginations of world history and the history of the planet. Professor Chakrabarty is working on The Climate of History (Routledge) and Anthropocene in Fueling Culture (Fordham).