The global climate of land politics

Jennifer C. Franco, Saturnino M. Borras*

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Land is a key input in economic production and production-waste sink. This links land to the causes of and responses to climate change. The dominant climate action ideas are based on the concept of ‘land tenure security’ which, in a global context marked by land-based inequities, means ratifying what already exists. This reinforces undemocratic social structures and institutions that themselves contribute to climate change. A restructuring of global land politics is called for, without which any analyses of and responses to climate change are at best superficial, and at worst, flawed and self-defeating. What is needed is to acknowledge the pervasive land-based social inequities in the world, and to end such inequities by pursuing a redistribution of a range of access to a range of land and resources in ways that categorically benefit the working people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1297
Number of pages22
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

This study has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [grant number 834006], under the ERC Advanced Grant project RRUSHES-5, as well as from the Transnational Institute (TNI).

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