chapter  4
21 Pages

A Panicky Atmosphere

On the Coloniality of Climate Change
WithAlex Chambers

Mainstream discussion in the US about climate change has shifted from the way in which global warming threatens ecosystems to the way it threatens society. In an effort to mobilize action on climate change, writers and activists have begun to sound alarms on massive immigration into the global north. But as this chapter argues, rather than addressing global power structures, these climate panics reproduce colonial relationships in which people and populations of the global south are seen as either threatening agents of chaos or helpless victims in need of rescue.