Worlds at Stake

Climate Politics, Ideology, and Justice

by Aaron Saad  

Our response to the climate crisis is powerfully shaped by our ideas about how the world works and how it ought to.

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  • October 2022
  • ISBN: 9781773635644
  • 230 pages
  • $27.00
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About the book

The intensifying climate crisis has put the world on high alert. For those living in the high-consuming, high-polluting swaths of the world, it is clear that something about our society, our politics, our economy — our very way of life — must change. But the nature of those necessary changes is a source of seemingly intractable dispute. Does the answer lie in stimulating the dynamism of capitalist market forces with a carbon price, or in the deployment of new, climate-engineering technologies? Or does it lie in still more radical changes — something akin to a wartime-like mobilization to rapidly build a more just post-carbon world, or a shift to an ecologically bounded society that has transcended perpetual capitalist growth? Our ideologies — the competing ways we believe the world should be — powerfully affect how we see the problem of climate change and what we think ought to be done about it. In this highly original and accessible book, Saad presents an erudite survey of political perspectives and ethical arguments about how we should respond to the climate crisis. By arranging these approaches into two broad categories of “system preserving” and “system changing” frameworks, Saad takes the reader on a journey through competing ideas about how we can address our collective responsibility to create a livable global future.

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What people are saying

David Camfield, author of Future on Fire and We Can Do Better

“Provides a very useful survey of how a range of ideologies respond to climate change in a political sense, considered from a climate justice perspective. I haven’t encountered a book like it before.”

Justin Podur, author of Siegebreakers

“Saad does a good job of covering the essentials in an environmental book for 2022 — which is Indigenous and anti-colonial perspectives, which have been lacking in environmental books for too long. It’s great to have succinct explanations about denialism and geoengineering.”


Aaron Saad

Aaron Saad is a writer and professor focusing on the politics of climate justice and the intersections of ideology and climate politics. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto and is a columnist for Ricochet Media. He holds a PhD in environmental studies from York University.


  • Introduction
  • Ideology
  • Climate Justice
  • Neoliberalism and the World-Saving Market
  • Right-wing Ideology and Climate Change Denialism
  • Geoengineering
  • Social Democracy and a Green New Deal
  • Degrowth
  • Ecosocialism
  • The Climate Movement
  • Conclusion: Worlds to Make Real


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