The unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality

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The extremely uneven and inequitable impacts of climate change mean that differently-located people experience, respond to, and cope with the climate crisis and related vulnerabilities in radically different ways. The coloniality of climate seeps through everyday life across space and time, weighing down and curtailing opportunities and possibilities through global racial capitalism, colonial dispossessions, and climate debts. Decolonizing climate needs to address the complexities of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, international development, and geopolitics that contribute to the reproduction of ongoing colonialities through existing global governance structures, discursive framings, imagined solutions, and interventions. This requires addressing both epistemic violences and material outcomes. By weaving through such mediations, I offer an understanding of climate coloniality that is theorized and grounded in lived experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102638
JournalPolitical Geography
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Climate change
  • Climate coloniality
  • Decolonization
  • Epistemology
  • Lived experiences
  • Materiality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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