Climate Change Leadership – Power, Politics and Culture (distance) – Weeks 8-11 Power

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;

Texts (click on bold title to access the text), videos, audio and visuals

Introduction – Power and Climate Change

Power in a Warming World chapter: 1. Trading a Livable World and 2. Power Shift (e-book, access through University login)
– 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,

Inequality, Environmental Justice and Climate Change

Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this ‘carbon accountant’ says
– 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

Climate Change through the lens of intersectionality
– Annica Kronsell, Anna Kaijser, 2014, Environmental Politics

Gendered discourse about climate change policies (access through University login)
– Swim et. al., 2018, Global Environmental Change

Aftermath of Katrina: A Time of Environmental Racism
– Story Map

Energy, Resources, Climate Change and Conflicts

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