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Media and Transnational Climate Justice

Indigenous Activism and Climate Politics


Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg

Media and Transnational Climate Justice captures the intriguing nexus of globalization, crisis, justice, activism and news communication, at a time when radical measures are increasingly demanded to address one of the most pressing global issues: climate change. Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg take a unique approach to climate justice by focusing on transnational rather than international aspects, thereby contributing to the development of theories of justice for a global age, as well as in relation to media studies. The book specifically explores the roles, situations and activism of indigenous peoples who do not have full representation at UN climate summits despite being among those most exposed to injustices pertaining to climate change, as well as to injustices relating to politics and media coverage. This book thus scrutinizes political and ideological dimensions of the global phenomenon of climate change through interviews and observations with indigenous activists at UN climate summits, in combination with extensive empirical research conducted on legacy and social media coverage of climate change and indigenous peoples. The authors conclude by discussing transnational solidarity and suggest a solidarian mode of communication as a response to both the global crisis of climate change and the broader issues of injustice faced by indigenous peoples regarding redistribution, recognition and political representation.

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1 Introduction: Calling for Climate Justice!


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Calling for Climate Justice!

One of the most complex and crucial puzzles in a global age is how to handle issues of injustice, as they increasingly transgress the borders of nation-states (Fraser, 2008, 2014; Sen, 2009). Concurrently, one of the most pressing global crises of our times is the crisis of climate change (Cottle, 2009). These issues are intimately connected, as expressed in discussions surrounding who (i.e. what states) is responsible for causing climate change, and concerning who (i.e. what states) is responsible for taking action to mitigate the associated risks. Most people encounter such discussions in the media, if they encounter them at all. Others, who experience climate change concretely in their everyday lives, turn to activism as a means of affecting these discussions in politics as well as in the media. Increasingly, the voices we hear calling for climate justice are the voices of indigenous peoples, who often dwell—like climate change—in territories that transcend the boundaries and logics of nation-states. At the Paris climate summit in late 2015, we experienced a multiplicity of these compelling calls. They started before the summit began on the day of the Global Climate March: ← 1 | 2 →

Paris, 29 November 2015

Today the global climate march was supposed to take place in central Paris, just a few days before the annual UN climate summit would open at Le Bourget, in the suburbs nearby. But, a few...

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