Climate Justice and Sustained Transnational Mobilization

  • Paul Almeida
Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Justice, Transnational Social Movements, Threats, Global Warming


Samir Amin’s final essay called for the creation of a new international organization of progressive social forces. This essay provides evidence from twenty-first century transnational movements on the likelihood of the emergence of such an international organization and the issues and sectors most likely to facilitate coalitional unity.  More specifically, the ecological crises identified by Amin in the form of global warming and climate change create an unprecedented global environmental threat capable of unifying diverse social strata across the planet.  The climate justice movement has already established a global infrastructure and template to coordinate a new international organization to confront neoliberal forms of globalization.  Pre-existing movement organizing around environmental racism, climate justice in the global South, and recent intersectional mobilizations serve as promising models essential to building an enduring international organization representing subaltern groups.


Almeida, Paul D. 2019. Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Almeida, Paul D. 2018. “The Role of Threat in Collective Action.” Pp. 43-62 in D. Snow, S. Soule, H. Kriesi, and H. McCammon, eds., Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford: Blackwell. 2nd


Almeida, Paul D. and Christopher Chase-Dunn. 2018. “Globalization and Social Movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 44: 189-211.

Almeida, Paul D. and Mark I. Lichbach. 2003. “To the Internet, from the Internet: Comparative Media Coverage of Transnational Protest.” Mobilization 8(3): 249-272.

Amin, Samir. 2018. “It is imperative to reconstruct the Internationale of workers and peoples.” International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs). July3, 2018.

Amin, Samir. 1990. "The Social Movements in the Periphery: An end to national liberation?." Pp. 96-138 in Transforming the revolution: Social movements and the world-system, eds, S. Amin, G. Arrighi, A.

Gunder Frank, and I Wallerstein. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Amin, Samir. 1976. Unequal Development: An Essay on the Social Formations of Peripheral Capitalism. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Bond, Patrick. 2012. Politics of climate justice: Paralysis above, movement below. Cape Town: University of Kwa Zulu Natal Press.

Brecher, Jeremy. 2015. Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.

Bullard, Robert. 2005. The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.

Caniglia, Beth, Robert Brulle, and Andrew Szasz. 2015. “Civil Society, Social Movements, and Climate Change.” In Climate Change and Society, edited by R. Dunlap and R. Brulle, 235–68. Oxford:

Oxford University Press.

Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Ellen Reese 2007 “The World Social Forum: a global party in the making?” Pp. 53-92 in Katrina Sehm-Patomaki and Marko Ulvila (eds.) Global Political Parties, London: Zed Press.

Ciplet, David, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan R. Khan. 2015. Power in a warming world: The new global politics of climate change and the remaking of environmental inequality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Dennis, Brady and Chris Moody. 2018. “‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a new

record high in 2018.” Washington Post, December 5, 2018.

Fisher, Dana. 2007. “Taking cover beneath the anti-Bush umbrella:

cycles of protest and movement-to-movement transmission in an era

of repressive politics.” Research in Political Sociology 15:27–56

Foran, John. 2014. “Get it Done!” The Global Climate Justice

Movement’s Struggle to Achieve a Radical Climate Treaty.”

Unpublished manuscript, University of California, Santa Barbara, Dept. of Sociology.

Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2011. The ecological rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth. New York: New York University Press.

Gottlieb, Robert. 1993. Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of The American Environmental Movement. New York: Island Press.

Gould, Kenneth A., David N. Pellow, and Allan Schnaiberg. 2004. "Interrogating the treadmill of production: Everything you wanted to know about the treadmill but were afraid to ask." Organization & Environment 17(3): 296-316.

Hadden Jennifer. 2014. “Explaining variation in transnational climate change activism: the role of inter-movement spillover.” Global Environmental Politics 14(2):7–25

Johnson, Erik W., and Scott Frickel. 2011. "Ecological threat and the founding of US national environmental movement organizations, 1962–1998." Social Problems 58(3): 305-329.

Juris, Jeffrey. 2008. Networking futures: The movements against corporate globalization. Durham: Duke University Press.

Lichbach, Mark Irving. 2003. “The Anti-Globalization Movement: A New Kind of Protest.” In Monty G. Marshall and Ted Robert Gurr, Eds. Peace and Conflict 2003. College Park, Md.: Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, pp. 39-42.

Luna, Zakiya. T. 2016. “‘Truly a Women of Color Organization’: Negotiating Sameness and Difference in Pursuit of Intersectionality” Gender and Society 30(5) 769-790.

How to Cite
Almeida, P. (2019). Climate Justice and Sustained Transnational Mobilization. Journal of World-Systems Research, 25(2), 365-372.
Forum: Samir Amin's Call for New International of Workers and Peoples