ABSTRACT

This chapter presents a case for examining the reactions to climate change and the wider environmental politics of far-right actors and movements based in Australia. The discussion elaborates how the intersections between global heating and the far right are of particular significance for Australia, given its severe experience of global heating, restrictive immigration policies and far-right political violence emanating from the country's political situation. A key aim of the book's investigation is to understand the relationships between different actors on a spectrum of right-wing climate change response, including denialist and resignatory attitudes, as well as extreme-right accelerationism. Another goal is to investigate, using the Australian example, the discursive and political–ideological methods that contribute to the increased prominence of far-right – ethnonationalist and authoritarian – environmental policies and attitudes. A survey of the international literature reveals several concepts that help elucidate the connections between the diverse environmental inclinations of the Australian far right, such as ‘green fascism’ and ‘ecofascism’, which stem from the ecologically detrimental consequences of ‘fossil fascism’. Additionally, this chapter introduces the significant impact of both historical context and the ‘post-truth’ era on the evolving patterns of far-right response to global heating.