Tim Flannery reviews 'Down to Earth: Politics in the new climate regime' by Bruno Latour

Tim Flannery reviews 'Down to Earth: Politics in the new climate regime' by Bruno Latour

Down to Earth: Politics in the new climate regime

by Bruno Latour

Wiley, $28.95 pb, 140 pp, 9781509530595

Bruno Latour is one of the world’s leading sociologists and anthropologists. Based in France, he brings a refreshingly non-Anglophone approach to the big political problems of our times. At the heart of his latest book are the hypotheses that ‘we can understand nothing about the politics of the last 50 years if we do not put the question of climate change and its denial front and center’, and that ‘a significant segment of the ruling classes … had concluded that the Earth no longer had room enough for them and for everyone else’. These are strong and challenging statements, but, as Latour says, how else to explain the ‘explosion of inequalities, the scope of deregulation … or the panicky desire to return to the old protections of the nation state’ that are so characteristic of much of current politics?

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Published in October 2018, no. 405
Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is one of the world’s most prominent environmentalists. In 2007 he was named ‘Australian of the Year’, arguably Australia’s highest honour. He delivered the 2002 Australia Day Address to the nation. In 2013 he founded, and is now chief councillor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia’s largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation. His latest book is Sunlight and Seaweed: An argument for how to feed, power, and clean up the world (Text Publishing, 2017).

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    To decrease inequality in the world we have to protect our environment and stop
    exploiting developing and underdeveloped countries, let and help them to improve their lives. So we may not have immigrants and walls!

    Thursday, 04 October 2018 16:01 posted by  Iradj Nabavi-Tabrizi

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