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🎉Delighted to 📢 the arrival of this baby that several of us nurtured through the trying times of the past three years. Such an honor to work with an inspiring group of academics, activists, artists, & poets. 🥁

A🧵about the pursuits of #ClimateJustice in India & beyond! #COP27 Image
The central question we seek to answer here: What does it take to pursue the aspirations of climate justice in countries like India, with longstanding social & economic inequalities and a large population of climate-vulnerable populations? 2/ #LossAndDamage #Inequalities #COP27
Compensations for Loss & Damage/climate reparations is a crucial first step. While civil society leaders (h/t @SaleemulHuq) fight that battle valiantly, we must ask what would it take to realize #ClimateJustice in the trenches of the climate crisis. We focus on this question 3/n
India is an instructive case because it has championed the cause of international justice as long as global climate negotiations have existed. Indeed, Anil Agarwal, @sunitanar, @CSEINDIA first articulated the case for #CBDR & international & domestic climate justice. 4/n #COP27
Looking past the cynical politics of global climate negotiations, esp the criminal reluctance of the Global North to take responsibility for historical injustices, we examine India's pursuit of climate justice at home. The failures are staggering but offer many imp. lessons. 5/n
Eric Chu & Kavya Michael (@kavyamichael) take a deep dive into urban climate resilience plans, which focus on describing vulnerabilities & procedural inclusion rather than tackling the structural drivers of development injustice that shape unequal exposures to climate crisis. 6/n
K. Rahul Sharma & Parth Bhatia of @CPR_India offer policy recommendations on India's solar policy, which pays little attention to Qs of distributive & procedural justice, risking the reproduction of existing inequities in India’s hugely anticipated renewable infrastructure. 7/n
Just Transition? @VChhotray maps the political, institutional & discursive aspects of ‘extractive regimes’ in India's coal heartlands, which limit the possibilities for achieving justice in coal mining. Offers lessons for just transition out of coal->a renewable energy future 8/n Image
How has a spike in economic inequality within India affected the domestic distribution of emissions? Haimanti Bhattacharya of @UUtah shows that in post-1990 India, the most unequal states are also the most polluting states. Econ inequality worsens the climate crisis! #COP27 9/n
Arpitha Kodiveri & Rishiraj Sen look for climate justice w/in the national & state climate plans. No surprises there, but drawing on good work in some states they envision a pathway to the progressive realization of climate justice within India’s climate policy & plans. #NDC 10/n Image
Srilata Sircar does a deep dive to show India's urbanism is founded on & reflects the shameful record of caste injustices. @TwinerTweets makes a powerful case for reimagining climate justice as caste justice. India cannot ever be just w/o the annihilation of #Caste. 11/n #COP27 Image
Vaishnavi Behl and I apply the lens of intersectionality to the Q of disparities in access to safe drinking water, along the key dimensions of social inequality, e.g., class, caste, gender, & religion. We seek to show how donors/NGOs could address daunting challenges 12/n #Water Image
Agroecology activists Ashlesha Khadse/@ashleshak & Kavita Srinivasan use the lens of agrarian climate justice, to analyze state-level initiatives that help anchor climate by securing women farmers' land rights as part of the policy frameworks for agroecology 13/n #Gender #COP27 Image
Amidst such inspiring work, I examine 3 world-renowned Indian env movements: Silent Valley, Chipko, & Narmada Bachao, to draw lessons about how middle-class environmental sensibilities shaped these movements. I see hope in @disharavii & India's new Youth Climate Movements. 14/n Image
In the concluding chapter, Eric Chu (@ucdavis) & I urge moving beyond the binaries of international vs domestic climate justice, asking instead how international & subnational policies, programs, & resource mobilizations intersect to shape climate action and climate justice. 15/n Image
And, you know what, all of this (& the art, poetry, & translations, which deserve another 🧵), was done without the excuse of a conference, project, or grant. It tears me up to think about how much the contributors sacrificed to make this work.🧡💚💙💜Salute the perseverance!16/n Image
I was privileged to have the support of @UCHI_UConn @UConnHRI @UConnCLAS through this. Grateful to @sunitanar & @Lylamehta for their uplifting endorsement of the book. We are forging new communities at @BrandeisU that build on all that has come before. #ClimateJusticeNow 17/n
Thanks to @qudsiya_Ah & Anwesha Rana for their stellar support @CUPAcademic @CambridgeUP. To @IndiaClimCollab & @EdelGive for their support to make this bundle of joy into an open-access book! Yes! Watch this space for more in the days & weeks ahead 18/18 #COP27 #ClimateJustice Image
Found Anwesha Rana's Twitter handle after the fact! Silly me - ☝️🏾 Thank you, @RanaAnwesha! ✊🏾
Here is the OA link @CambridgeCore: Thanks to @IndiaClimCollab & @EdelGive for the generous support to make it OA. Delighted to take this to social movements, community organizations, & youth leaders of the climate movement. #India #COP27 #ClimateJustice…
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And, beware of spiritual-sounding groups that sell orientalist fakery to unsuspecting westerners. They are full of bigots who crawl out of woodworks from time to time.
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& @TheDailyShow have made a serious error of judgment in giving platform to a known charlatan. As others have pointed, we wish they'd spent more time researching this gentleman before having him on. 1/n
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Dear @jack and everyone else reading this. Please stop funding hate in the times of corona. @SewaUSA is a well-known peddler of hate and bigotry. #COVID19 #Covid19IndiaHelp

RT requested for rapid awareness!

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To better know the supporters of Sewa USA, one should look through the replies to the following tweet by @Profdilipmandal, who has had casteist and bigoted slurs hurled at him. Don't feed the hate machine, @jack.

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