Climate, Capitalism & Planetary Justice: An Exploration

Jason W. Moore,

Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University

This short seminar explores the climate crisis as a problem of economic, cultural, and symbolic domination. Understanding capitalism as an ecology of power, capital, and nature, we will consider the origins of planetary crisis, the contradictions of environmentalist thought, and the possible pathways to climate justice in the twenty-first century.

Thinking Planetary Crisis (23 July)

Patel, Raj, and Jason W. Moore, “How the Chicken Nugget became the True Symbol of Our Era,” The Guardian (8 May).

Goodell, Jeff (2017). “The year is 2037. “This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami,” The Guardian (17 December).

Klein, Naomi, and Mercedes Martinez (2018). “The Shock Doctrine comes to Puerto Rico,” Jacobin (26 June),

Lewontin, R. and R. Levins (1997). “Organism and environment,” Capitalism Nature Socialism, 8(2), 95-98.

Moore, Jason W. (2017). “World Accumulation and Planetary Life, or, Why Capitalism Will Not Survive Until the ‘Last Tree is Cut,’” IPPR Progressive Review 24(3), 176-202.

Thinking World-Historically: Age of Man? Or Age of Capital? (24 July)

Crutzen, Paul (2002). “Geology of Mankind,” Nature, 415: 23.

Moore, Jason (2018). “Anthropocene? More Like Capitalocene,” Il Manifesto Global Edition (10 June).

Lewis, S.L., and M.A. Maslin. 2015. “Defining the Anthropocene,” Nature 519: 171-80.

Moore, Jason W. (2017). “The Capitalocene, Part I: On the Nature and Origins of Our Ecological Crisis,” The Journal of Peasant Studies 44(3), 594-630.

Thinking Planetary Justice (25 July)

Klein, Naomi (2015). “Blockadia,” in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.

Cole, Luke, and Sheila Foster (2001). “A History of the Environmental Justice Movement,” From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. New York: New York University Press, 19-33,

Patel, Raj, & Moore, Jason W. “Conclusion,” in A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, 202-212.

Thinking Planetary Work (26 July)

Patel and Moore, “Cheap Work,” in A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, 91-110.

Moore, “The End of Cheap Labor?” in Capitalism the Web of Life, 221-240.

Planetary Justice at the End of the Holocene (27 July)

Altieri, Miguel A., and Fernando R. Funes-Monzote (2012). “The Paradox of Cuban Agriculture,” Monthly Review (Jan.), 23-33.

Sachs, Carolyn (2013). “Feminist Food Sovereignty,” .

Franks, Edgar (2017). “Farmworkers Resist and Organize: Connected Struggles for Farmworker Justice in South Africa and the US,”

Wadsworth, Gail (2014). “What Does Food Justice Mean for Farmworkers?,” Food First!,

Parenti, Christian (2015). “Why the State Matters,” Jacobin (30 October),

Brecher, Jeremy (2017). Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual. Oakland: PM Press, 79-94.


Parenti, Christian (2017). “If We Fail,” Jacobin (29 August),