Climate Change Denial: ‘Making Ignorance Great Again’

Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


The denial of climate change and its negative consequences for global environments is pervasive in certain corridors of corporate and political power. This agnosia by powerful elites is a substantial contributor to global environmental degradation and destruction. This chapter explores the power of ignorance and argues that political dismissiveness of climate change is a recipe to exploit the environment for political and profitable purposes. Moreover, it argues that ignorance, defined as ‘unjustifiable belief’, provides those in positions of power and entitlement to assert their own unquestioning expertise within an ideological bias that not only furthers their political and capital aspirations but endangers the planet.


Climate change denial Power Ignorance Knowledge politics Green criminology 


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  1. 1.Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre, Faculty of Law, School of JusticeQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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