Beyond Climate Fixes: From Public Controversy to System Change

Levidow, Les (2023). Beyond Climate Fixes: From Public Controversy to System Change. Bristol: Bristol University Press.



Political elites have been evading the causes of climate change through deceptive fixes. Their market-type instruments such as carbon trading aim to incentivise technological innovation which will supposedly decarbonize or replace dominant high-carbon systems. In practice this techno-market framework has perpetuated climate change and social injustices, thus provoking public controversy.

Using this opportunity, social movements have counterposed low-carbon, resource-light, socially just alternatives. These agendas can fulfil the popular slogan, ‘System Change Not Climate Change’. A transformative mobilisation has five general features: mobilised counter-publics, frame alignments, grassroots innovation, eco-localisation and solidaristic commoning to organise common resources. This book develops those critical concepts through case studies such as GM crops, biofuels, waste incineration and Green New Deal agendas.

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