Audio: Geopolitics of Climate Change

This podcast is a dialogue between Bruno Latour and Dipesh Chakrabarty on the geopolitics of climate change. It includes a critical discussion on the underlying politics of what is considered scientific ‘facts’ today and its relationship to the current climate change discourse. This tool also includes discussion on different political science theories and schools of philosophical thought as related to climate science.

Students will learn about the politics of climate denial and how concepts such as ‘wicked universality’ and ‘exhaustion of modernisation’ are being utilized in the current climate change discourse. Students will also learn about issues related to climate justice and climate inequality based on geopolitics. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the geopolitics of climate change.
  2. Can scientific ‘facts’ on climate change be trusted when making policy decisions on climate change?
  3. What is ‘wicked universality’ and how is it finding its way in the current climate discourse?
  4. Discuss how ‘exhaustion of modernisation’ and current capitalist theories may not provide a solution to the climate crisis.

About the Tool

Tool Name Bruno Latour and Dipesh Chakrabarty: Geopolitics and the “Facts” of Climate Change
Discipline Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science
Topic(s) in Discipline Geopolitics, Political Theory, Wicked Universality, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Extraction Economies
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of Tool Audio (70 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location  Global
Language English
Developed by Critical Inquiry
Hosted at WB202: the Critical Inquiry Podcast
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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