CFP: Global Climate Crisis

The Global Climate Crisis and the Climate and Social Justice Movements for a Just Transition
John Foran

CFP for ISA 2018 in Toronto

In December 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convened in Paris to finalize a global climate treaty.  The resulting “Paris Agreement” is inadequate to the task of addressing the unprecedented global climate crisis, based as it is on non-binding voluntary national pledges, which even if all met would take global warming into the catastrophic range.

Simultaneously, a sprawling climate justice movement has been growing in numbers, reach, and strength, interlinked in a vast network of networks.  After Paris and now in the wake of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States, these movements are trying to scale up their efforts to put in place alternatives to both “business-as-usual” global neoliberalism and the “capitalist reformist” hopes placed in the Paris Agreement.  The new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

This session asks whether it remains possible to “change everything,” as Naomi Klein puts it in her best-selling book This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Consisting of prominent public intellectuals, climate activists, and interdisciplinary scholars, the panel will collectively address the question:  how can the global climate and social justice movements work creatively to craft action plans that address the root causes and future impacts of climate change?

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.

Description for ISA Decision Makers

This session will feature presentations on the global climate crisis and the social movements and perspectives that have arisen to address this most pressing existential crisis of the 21st century, including the global climate justice movement, ecosocialism, transition towns, degrowth, resilience, and the next system project, among others.  These new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

This session asks whether it remains possible to “change everything,” as Naomi Klein puts it in her best-selling book This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Consisting of short presentations by prominent public intellectuals, climate activists, and interdisciplinary scholars, the panel will collectively address the question:  how can the global climate and social justice movements and perspectives work creatively to craft action plans that address the root causes and future impacts of climate change?

With ten minute presentations, we can include at least six speakers and still have time for audience interaction.

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.
1. How to present a paper

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line through a centralized website open from April 25 through September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT.

Please follow the below listed steps:

Select session

  • List of sessions is available in the relevant Research Committee, Working Group and Thematic Group section.
  • The author is required to choose the RC/WG/TG session in which s/he wishes the abstract to be included.

Submit abstract: April 25 till September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT

Participants must submit abstracts on-line. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process.

  • One cannot submit more than two abstracts.
  • One cannot submit the same abstract to two different sessions.
  • The abstract text cannot contain more than 300 words and must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  • All changes/updates should be done via on-line system by September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT.
  • Each abstract received on-line will be assigned an identification number.

Notification: November 30, 2017

  • Submitters will be informed by November 30, 2017, whether their papers have been accepted for presentation.
  • A final presentation designation (oral presentation, distributed paper, poster, or round table presentation) will be indicated. This information can be modified later by Session Organizers once registration check has been completed.
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