But like Hansen and many others here in Paris, I come not to praise the COP, but to bury it.
A few days ago, the topic for my undergraduate class, Earth in Crisis, taught to 150 students, half in Sociology and half in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, was “What a COP is Really Like, and What the Treaty Looks Like.”
Can there actually be climate justice?
Recently, there has been a growing discussion of climate change as a moral issue, both in academia and in religious communities.
The battle, it seems, has been joined: in the run-up to the twenty-first climate summit in Paris the world is once again debating the question of how to drastically reduce emissions…
Rather than convincing administrators, or even the fossil fuel industry, of their wrongs, divestment campaigners should be convincing everyone that the movement is right.
The attraction of profit in the short-term overwhelms longer-term considerations, even for the most “enlightened” of businesspeople.
It’s remembered as the global march for climate justice, but how did that word “justice” get into the title of the huge rallies that took place in New York and other cities this September?