Recognizing that climate politics has been an increasingly contentious and heated topic in Australia over the past two decades, this book examines Australian capitalism as a driver of climate change and the nexus between the corporations and Coalition and Australian Labor parties.

As a highly developed country, Australia is punching above its weight in terms of contributing to greenhouse gas emissions despite rising temperatures, droughts, water shortages and raging bushfires, storm surges and flooding, and the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. Drawing upon both archival and ethnographic research, Hans Baer examines Australian climate politics at the margins, namely the Greens, the labour union, the environmental NGOs, and the grass-roots climate movement. Adopting a climate justice perspective which calls for "system change, not climate change" as opposed to the conventional approach of seeking to mitigate emissions through market mechanisms and techno-fixes, particularly renewable energy sources, this book posits system-challenging transitional steps to shift Australia toward an eco-socialist vision in keeping with a burgeoning global socio-ecological revolution.

Accessibly written and including an interview with renowned comedian and climate activist Rod Quantock OAM, this book is essential reading for academics, students and general readers with an interest in climate change and climate activism.

chapter |13 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

The impact of climate change in Australia

chapter 3|27 pages

Climate politics at the top

The corporations and the two major political parties

chapter 4|34 pages

Climate politics at the margins

The Greens, labor unions, think tanks, environmental NGOs, and the grass-roots climate movement

chapter 5|42 pages

Engaging with the Australian climate movement

An autoethnography of a climate justice activist

chapter 6|60 pages

Toward eco-socialism in Australia