White Climate, White Energy
A Time for Movement Reflection?

by Larry Lohmann

first published 30 August 2020

Many climate activists from the global North are unfamiliar with the idea that today’s dominant concepts of climate and energy -- together with the disciplines of climatology and thermodynamics -- are white.

Yet for white climate movements to become more politically effective, argues this version of a forum piece for the journal Social Anthropology, they must not only confront this reality, but also work out what relationship they want to have to the whiteness and white history of the sciences that they rightly take so seriously. The shorter published version of the piece is available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1469-8676.12995.

These themes are explored further in a half-hour slide show available at https://youtu.be/sUuEADRKcSY, which was a contribution to a 2020 conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara archived at https://ehc.english.ucsb.edu/?page_id=21059. A PDF of this talk is available at http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/white-innocence-holding-back-c....

For related presentations, see http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/carbon-policy-not-climate-policy, as well as an interview by Dr Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkjMjDe-j0&feature=youtu.be.

See also http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/neoliberalisms-climate.