De klimaatcatastrofe en de noodzaak tot burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
2004
Volume 44, Issue 3/4
  • ISSN: 0167-2444
  • E-ISSN: 2949-8651

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Abstract

Climate activists point out that the voices of those who suffer from it now and in the future are not or hardly heard. In order to comply, they often consciously opt for civil disobedience, since legal protests, such as petitions and demonstrations, hardly move citizens and politicians. This article focuses on the efforts being made to address the climate catastrophe through civil disobedience. While climate activists view civil disobedience as a legitimate way of resistance, its legitimacy is disputed by many. The recent resistance to climate catastrophe is then placed in the light of the philosophical controversy about civil disobedience. Beyond the liberal vision of civil disobedience, a vision is presented that does more justice to political practice, taking into account the tension between legality and legitimacy. Finally, the question is raised whether civil disobedience is not indispensable for revitalizing a political practice that pretends to take human rights and democracy seriously.

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