March 26th, 2004 – “Just Climate?” conference begins

“On March 26, 2004, the first portion of a three-day conference called ‘‘Just Climate? Pursuing Environmental Justice in the Face of Global Climate Change’’was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the U.S. The conference was billed as ‘‘the first conference convened in the United States on Environmental Justice and Climate Change.’’

Although ‘‘first’’ may have been less than accurate, this preliminary, explicit discussion of environmental justice and climate change marked an attempt to develop and advance the theoretical notion of climate justice,which the U.S.-based NGO, CorpWatch, defined in 1999 as:

…holding fossil fuel corporations accountable for the central role they play in contributing to global warming. This signifies challenging these companies at every level from the production and marketing of the fossil fuels themselves, to their underhanded political influence, to their PR prowess, to the unjust ‘‘solutions’’ they propose, to the fossil fuel-based globalization they are driving. Climate Justice [sic] means stripping transnational corporations of the tremendous power they hold over our lives, and in its place building democracy at the local, national and international levels.”

The above is a quote from Michael Dorsey’s Climate Knowledge and Power: Tales of Skeptic Tanks, Weather Gods, and Sagas for Climate (In)justice, which appeared in Capitalism Nature Socialism Vol 18, no 2 June 2007

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