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Violent and Radical Resistance in the Climate Movement

Political Theory
Political Violence
Climate Change
Normative Theory
Political Activism
Protests
Activism
P475
Ross Mittiga
University of Graz
Antoinette Scherz
Stockholm University

Building: Health Science Centre, Floor: Ground, Room: A005

Wednesday 11:15 - 13:00 BST (14/08/2024)

Abstract

As the climate crisis deepens and future prognostications grow ever more dire, new and more extreme forms of climate action are likely to emerge and proliferate. Already, one can find calls for such action among activists, some academics, and in popular media. Historically, violence has often played a role in in challenging oppressive systems and practices, including within liberal-democratic societies. Acknowledging this—without seeking to downplay or minimize the tensions that exist between radical resistance and the maintenance of liberal-democratic values and institutions—this panel will examine some the ethical and strategic implications of employing force in the pursuit of political change particularly within the climate movement.

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