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    Climate COP-up, COP-out & hyCOPrisy

    Clarke, Richard (2022) Climate COP-up, COP-out & hyCOPrisy. Theory & Struggle 123 (1), pp. 34-45. ISSN 2057-0988.

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    The complexities of climate science, of estimates of global greenhouse gas emissions and of their implications for climate change have not prevented widespread acceptance that global warming is a reality and its consequences potentially catastrophic for our planet and its peoples. But the convoluted processes of international negotiations and the political and economic context of their implementation mean that few have any confidence that national undertakings and international targets will be met. COP26 was a watershed, revealing the lack of progress on the most critical challenge of our time, the hypocrisy and double-speak of capitalist states and corporations, and the co-option of some conservation organisations through a deceptively ‘green’ narrative. A critical, materialist, Marxist approach can break through the greenwash of official discourse, reveal the need for systemic change and potentially serve as a focus for growing public awareness and environmental activism.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): COP-26, Class, Climate, Capitalism, Crisis
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Richard Clarke
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 12:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16


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