What is Carbon Colonialism? With Laurie Parsons

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

If you're living in a house that was built in the last 20 years, chances are the bricks it's made from traveled 18,000 miles to build your front door.  The question is, why? As ever the pursuit of profit has the economy doing mad things and bad things for the climate. Turns out carbon emissions don't cross borders when you write them down!

This week we are joined by Laurie Parsons,  Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, to discuss his new book "Carbon Colonialism: How rich countries export climate breakdown".

We discuss with Laurie the "Global Factory" and how rich nations export their emissions to the global south, how the logic of colonialism has informed international development and Aid programs. We also get into how by accepting framing from elite universities on climate change we miss different visions of value and society.


Pick up "Carbon Colonialism: How rich countries export climate breakdown" HERE

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