Stuart Rosewarne, James Goodman and Rebecca Pearse: Climate Action Upsurge: The Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics

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Stuart Rosewarne, James Goodman and Rebecca Pearse: Climate Action Upsurge: The Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics


Stilwell, Frank, Journal of Australian Political Economy


Stuart Rosewarne, James Goodman and Rebecca Pearse

Climate Action Upsurge: the Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics

Routledge, Abingdon, 2014, 171 pp. $140.90.

The UN Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen in December 2009 is widely regarded as a turning point in the strength of the movement for an effective international agreement. Up to then the momentum had been strong. The Kyoto agreement of 1997 and the Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development had their strong critics in the environmental movement, but nothing could quite compare with the shuddering halt in Copenhagen. The triple authors of this book reflect on the nature of the movement to this point and on the alternatives that could renew the momentum for effective action.

To situate the political economic origins of the climate change movement they draw, among others, on James O'Connor's theory of 'the second contradiction of capitalism'--elaborating the conflict between capital and nature. They analyse the movement's central concern 'to translate climate science into climate politics' (p. …

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