Energy, Equity, and Social Struggle in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World

  • George Rahi

Abstract

Notions such as sustainability, green growth, and the post-carbon city have become increasingly popular ways of envisioning solutions to climate change and fossil fuel dependency. These multi-scalar reevaluations and critiques of industrial society's relationship to energy have produced important insights into the un-sustainability of current politico-economic relations. However, these ideas, such as sustainability, remain contested with multiple and competing claims as to what processes will produce a sustainable future. This paper surveys some of the key tensions between various critiques of the energy/society relationship, and highlights the importance of equity, labour and livelihood in relation to discussions of an alternative energy future. Furthermore, this paper explores whether a shift to 'alternative' energy requires an accompanying new mode of production and social relationship to capitalism.

Author Biography

George Rahi
George Rahi is an international student from the United States. He enjoys Geography because it allows him to incorporate experiences from cities, the outdoors and travels abroad, into an active and exciting learning experience. He is particularly interested in the politics of public space, planning for sustainable cities, and alter-globalization strategies.
Section
Energy, Society and the North: The Way Forward