Beyond the ‘Green Economy’: System change, not climate change?

The ‘green economy’ project claims to address the social, economic and ecological crises afflicting the world today, yet there appears to be too little elite consensus for it to be viable in the near future. The autors suggest that this absence of elite consensus renders the counter-hegemonic ‘climate justice’ project similarly weak, leading to a retreat from the global sphere of the (emerging) global climate justice movement. Yet on the ground there are strong and dynamic climate justice movements whose main challenge is to broaden their struggle beyond their current base and to create their own ‘globality’.

In short, we find that the challenge for social movements in general, and the climate justice movement in particular, is to create their own kind of globality in the face of our opponents’ inability to do so. How can climate justice movements and coalitions from the Global South create an alternative globality effect? But we draw inspiration from the ‘Occupy’ movement, which, from Tahrir to Puerta del Sol, from Zucotti Park to downtown Frankfurt, has managed to create a new kind of globality seemingly out of thin air, and which shows that it can be done.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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