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Environmental victims and climate change activists

Vegh Weis, V and White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2020 , 'Environmental victims and climate change activists', in J Tapley and P Davies (eds.), Victimology: Research, Policy and Activism , Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 301-19.

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Abstract

There are powerful examples of victims of historical and ongoing directharms gathering forces to fight for justice and reparations: from nativepeoples in Canada and Australia demanding redress for harms sufferedsince colonial times (Cunneen and Tauri 2016; Jung 2009) to currentmovements against gender-based violence or racialized police brutalitysuch as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. Overcoming individual agonyand organising resistance is extremely difficult in cases such as these.Yet even more challenges appear when struggling against, allegedly,more abstract and indirect harms such as climate change.1 Ultimately, weare all affected by environmental harms, and particularly by climate change (Hall 2014; Watts 2018). Moreover, our own humane existenceis under threat (White 2019; Sanchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys 2019).However, the impact of climate change is more diffuse, immaterial andabstract than crimes, such as murder or rape, and this peculiarity is whatmight make commitment to resistance even more challenging than usual.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Vegh Weis, V and White, R
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-42288-2_12
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