Building decolonial climate justice movements: four tensions

Michael Simpson*, Alejandra Pizarro Choy

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Prevailing approaches to resolving the climate crisis further entrench and extend the same institutions of racial capitalism and colonial domination which have precipitated this crisis. The need to build transformative movements to fight for climate justice is dire. Yet, transformative movements are inevitably structured by many of the same dynamics they oppose. This presents a risk that such movements may reproduce colonial or otherwise unjust relations in the worlds they seek to bring about. We point to four areas of tension where we see this dilemma playing out within efforts to build decolonial climate justice movements, and briefly discuss some questions that arise for scholars committed to this work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2023


  • Climate justice
  • Colonialism
  • Racial capitalism
  • Decolonisation
  • Social movements


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