By Sanjay Chaturvedi, Timothy Doyle
Climate Terror engages with a hugely differentiated geographical politics of world warming. It explores how fear-inducing weather switch discourses may well bring about new kinds of dependencies, domination and militarised 'climate security'.
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Climate change, then, in the first instance, exists at an elite, western level. Its very construction (indeed its very existence) is rooted in the global North. It has its origins in the scientific, anti-technocratic discourses of post-industrialist and post-materialist forms of environmentalism. Still today, the language of post-industrialism usually frames the climate campaigns environmentalists in the North. FoE Europe’s website in 2010 reads: Climate change is the single biggest environmental threat facing our planet.
Moreover the politically inconvenient juxtaposition between the ‘end of nature’ and the ‘crisis of statecraft’ has in some (not all) cases led to situations in both global North and global South where the ‘fury of nature’ or ‘natural disaster’ are seen as some of the greatest challenges to ‘national security,’ and not as concerns of human insecurities caused by crisis of governance. 2 Climate ‘Science’: Categories, Cultures and Contestations Introduction It is not our intention here, as stated clearly and necessarily in the opening pages of this book, to pit climate change deniers against climate change advocates; it is not our objective to argue who is right.
Worse than this, ecological modernization was often seen as a form of green imperialism, even by Southern environmentalists, who were pursuing green goals through a post-colonialist frame 30 Climate Terror (these ideological distinctions between green emancipatory positions is taken up in some detail in Chapter 7). Climate change: The ideal type of ecological modernization It is within this historical background that we now introduce the environmental issue of climate change. Climate change, as a symbolic flag, towers over all other environmental issues in the opening stanzas of the 21st century.