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
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Computer Skills Basic

Video: Naomi Klein discusses ‘This Changes Everything’

A video by award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker, Naomi Klein, at the Cambridge Forum about her book titled, ‘This Changes Everything’. In this video, Naomi Klein summarizes her book and explains why she thinks that capitalism is the real cause for climate change.

Students will learn how capitalism, specifically the ‘free-market’ ideology, has ultimately led to the current climate crisis. They will further learn, through examples and case studies, about the benefactors of the market-economy, current power structures and how they impact the political economy. They will also learn about the challenges faced to restructure the global economy and current political systems.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is capitalism?
  2. How have capitalistic policies caused climate change?
  3. What economic reforms can transform market practices?

About the Tool

Tool NameNaomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. The Climate
DisciplineEconomics, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineCapitalism, Free Market Economy, Invisible Hand Theory, Green Economy, Economic Policies, Economic Mergers, Atmospheric Commons
Climate TopicPolicy, Politics and Environmental Governance; Energy, Economics and Climate Change; Climate and Society
Type of toolVideo (73 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal, USA
Developed byNaomi Klein at the Cambridge Forum, recorded by GBH Forum Network
Hosted atYouTube
Computer SkillsBasic