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Carmen G. Gonzalez Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law

“Racial Capitalism, Climate Justice, and Climate Displacement,” Symposium on Climate Justice in the Anthropocene, Oñati Socio-Legal Series 11(1) (2021)

This article expands our understanding of climate justice by demonstrating how racial subordination, environmental degradation, and the capitalistic fossil-fuel-based world economy are interrelated. Gonzalez critiques emerging legal and policy responses to climate-induced displacement and examines alternative approaches. She argues that racialized communities all over the world have borne the brunt of carbon capitalism from cradle (extraction of fossil fuels) to grave (climate change) and that a race-conscious analysis of climate displacement can reveal commonalities among oppressed communities and facilitate alliances to achieve just and emancipatory outcomes.

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