The existence and urgency of global climate change is a matter of scientific consensus. Yet the global politics of climate change have been anything but consensual. In this context, a wave of global climate activism has emerged in the last decade in response to the perceived failure of the political negotiations.

This book provides a unique comparative study of environmental movements in USA, Japan, Denmark and Sweden, analyzing their interaction with the international climate institutions of the United Nations, with national governments, and with currents in the global climate movement. It documents how and why the movement evolved between the Copenhagen Summit of 2009 and the Paris Summit of 2015, altering its strategies and tactics while attracting new actors to the issue area. Further, it demonstrates how the development of global environmental networks has increased contact between environmental movements in the Global North and those from the Global South, resulting in the establishment of ‘climate justice’ as a political cause and unifying frame for global climate activism.

chapter 1|29 pages

Climate action in a globalizing world

An introduction
ByHåkan Thörn, Carl Cassegård, Linda Soneryd, Åsa Wettergren

part I|95 pages

Global perspectives

chapter 2|25 pages

Climate justice, equity and movement mobilization

ByCarl Cassegård, Håkan Thörn

chapter 3|24 pages

Governing dissent in a state of emergency

Police and protester interactions in the global space of the COP
ByMattias Wahlström, Joost de Moor

chapter 4|23 pages

Mobilizing emotions in the global sphere

Global solidarity and the regime of rationality
ByJochen Kleres, Åsa Wettergren

chapter 5|21 pages

COP as a global public sphere

News media frames, movement frames, and the media standing of climate movement actors
ByLinda Soneryd, Carl Cassegård

part II|92 pages

National environmental movements in a global context

chapter 6|22 pages

Learning from defeat

The strategic reorientation of the U.S. climate movement
ByJennifer Hadden

chapter 7|22 pages

Between government and grassroots

Challenges to institutionalization in the Japanese environmental movement
ByCarl Cassegård

chapter 8|22 pages

Denmark – from a green economy toward a new eco-radicalism?

ByÅsa Wettergren, Linda Soneryd

chapter 9|24 pages

The Swedish environmental movement

Politics of responsibility between climate justice and local transition
ByHåkan Thörn, Sebastian Svenberg

part III|28 pages

Concluding reflections

chapter 10|27 pages

Hegemony and environmentalist strategy

Global governance, movement mobilization and climate justice
ByHåkan Thörn, Carl Cassegård, Linda Soneryd, Åsa Wettergren