Is White Innocence Holding Back Climate Movements?

by Larry Lohmann

first published 21 October 2020

This half-hour presentation -- https://youtu.be/sUuEADRKcSY -- suggests that worldwide climate movement-building can benefit by striving toward more critical and historically-informed understandings of climatology, thermodynamics, green energy theory and dominant types of apocalypse thinking.

None of these four currents of thought, it argues, can form part of a realistic basis for global climate movement-building until the whiteness of each is better understood and worked on, particularly by middle-class climate activists from the global North.

The presentation is a contribution to a conference organized at the University of California, Santa Barbara entitled "Confronting the Climate Crisis with Systemic Alternatives in the Age of Coronavirus," archived at https://ehc.english.ucsb.edu/?page_id=21059.

For a complementary interview by Dr Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkjMjDe-j0&feature=youtu.be.

See also "White Climate, White Energy: A Time for Movement Reflection?" at http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/white-climate-white-energy; "Carbon Policy is not Climate Policy" at http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/carbon-policy-not-climate-policy; "Is Energy White?", at http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-white and "Neoliberalism's Climate", at http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/neoliberalisms-climate..