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Toward Just and Effective Climate Action


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-12619-2_10

Author / Authors:

  • Larry A. Swatuk
  • Corrine Cash


Part of book
The Political Economy of Climate Finance: Lessons from International Development


Can the world move beyond carbon-based development and do so quickly enough to ensure that global warming stays below 2 degrees Celsius? Moreover, will the actions are taken result in equitable benefits, in particular, reaching those most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change? The evidence provided here suggests that while there are many positive actions being undertaken, there are perhaps as many negative forces impeding climate action progress. Those least hopeful or interested in transformational change seem content with business as usual, possibly because they perceive themselves to be both best insulated from negative impacts and to have the most capacity to adapt to any and all climate eventualities. At the same time, there is a growing global contingent centrally involved in meaningful change. While not optimists by any means, this creative coalition regards action as a sort of moral imperative, acting now in their own interests and in the interest of a sustainable, equitable and livable planetary future.


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