Climate Disruption in the Global South and in African American Communities: Key Issues, Frameworks, and Possibilities for Climate Justice

This paper lays out a number of major issues facing people and ecosystems in “marginalized” communities emphasizing the experience of Americans of African descent and in the global South. It considers dominant policy frameworks advanced to address climate change and offers critiques of those perspectives from these voices in the global South. The struggles facing the global South community are then linked to key challenges confronting African American communities. The paper also explores alternative policy frameworks and community-based responses and visions for moving toward climate justice. The piece draws on numerous sources, including documents produced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and scholars.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012