The Climate Crisis and Just Transitions - Democratic Eco-Socialist Alternatives from South Africa and Beyond

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC02 Economy and Society (host committee)

Language: English

This is an author meets critic session. 

Chair: Heidi Gottfried

Presenters: Vishwas Satgar and Michelle Williams

Critic: William Carroll

This panel will engage with an edited collection focusing on the climate crisis as a systemic crisis of global capitalism. It steers clear of millenarian catastrophism or millenarian ends of time discourses. Instead it brings together some of the leading international and South African climate just activists, movement voices and scholars. This includes Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria who won  the alternative Nobel prize to Pablo Salon the former climate negotiator for the Bolivian state; the only state that has held a climate justice position in the multi-lateral system.

 This volume brings together an analsyis of the failures of  multilateral leadership in resolving the climate crisis and the rise of systemic alternatives. Moreover, there is a critical engagement with Anthropocene discourse particularly its  official UN version and popular renditions. However, the main focus of this volume is on further elaborating the the notion of just transition and its content. In this regard various systemic alternatives are engaged with, emerging from climate justice and transformative movements to advance a deep just transition. This ranges from the rights of nature, living well (buen vivir), ubuntu, food sovereignty, basic income grants, commoning, solidarity economy, climate jobs to socially owned renewables. Crucial to this volume is a recognition of how these   systemic alternatives transform socialism as democratic eco-socialism.

Session Organizer:
Vishwas SATGAR, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
David FASENFEST, Wayne State University, USA
Oral Presentations
The Climate Crisis and Just Transitions
Vishwas SATGAR, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
The Climate Crisis
Michelle WILLIAMS, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
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