The Climate Crisis and Other Animals (hardback)

Richard Twine

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418 pages
ISBN: 9781743329726
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.30722/sup.9781743328996
Publication: 01 Mar 2024
Series: Animal Politics
Publisher: Sydney University Press

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The Climate Crisis and Other Animals is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our planet and the animals who live on it. Twine examines the impact of the climate crisis on nonhuman animals and argues for the importance of a climate and food justice movement inclusive of nonhuman animals.

The book examines the ways in which climate breakdown is affecting nonhuman animal species and delves deeply into the politicised controversy over the extent of emissions from animal agriculture, demonstrating the markedly lower emissions of eating vegan. Critical of misguided human-centred framings of the climate crisis, Twine makes clear the necessity of including practices of animal commodification, the importance of documenting the effect of a changing climate on other animal species, and the mitigative opportunities of a radical remaking of dominant human–animal relations.

The Climate Crisis and Other Animals addresses the emissions impacts of radical land-use changes and the twentieth century scaling-up of animal commodification within the animal-industrial complex, revealing how this system is interwoven in the gendered and racialised histories of capitalism. Twine collates an impressive body of scientific research that demonstrate both the already enormous impact of the climate crisis on the lives of nonhuman animals and the need to tackle the dominance of meat-based cultures.

Twine critically explores approaches to food transition and three potentially transformative scenarios for global food systems that could help dismantle the animal-industrial complex and create a more sustainable and just food system. Averting the climate and biodiversity crises requires nothing less than a radical transformation in how we see ourselves in relation to other species.

Dr Richard Twine is Reader in Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Human-Animal Relations (CfHAS), Edge Hill University, UK.

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  1. Part I: The climate crisis and human–animal relations
  • Chapter 1 Critical animal studies and the Capitalocene
  • Chapter 2 Detailing the Capitalocene
  • Chapter 3 How climate breakdown is undermining animal life
  • Chapter 4 Animal omissions, animal emissions
  1. Part II: Transforming meat cultures
  • Chapter 5 A child’s right to contest meat culture
  • Chapter 6 Theorising transition
  • Chapter 7 Toward the dismantling of the animal-industrial complex
  • Chapter 8 From plant-based capitalism to system change

Conclusion: Unearthing hope from real pessimism in the alliances yet to be

  • References
  • Index

Twine’s cogent investigation explores a wealth of research from the Environmental Sciences and Humanities to Child studies, Critical Animal Studies and Capitalocene studies, uncovering their intersections at the roots of the climate crisis. Transitioning toward multispecies survival requires that we recognize the global political economy’s investments in not only fossil fuels but the animal-industrial complex, and ultimately, the untenable idea of human supremacy.


Professor Greta Gaard  

The Climate Crisis and Other Animals argues that the current crisis demands systemic change that addresses not only human/planetary health, but also justice and care for non-human animals. It is the first book to do so from a comprehensive, sociological and critical perspective. Richard Twine unravels the true social, political and economic depths of the crisis: from class relations, racialised geopolitics, hegemonic masculinity, human supremacism to cultural anthropocentrism. A brilliant diagnosis, accompanied by a realistic analysis of the path of transformation. A must read for everyone.


Professor Núria Almiron  

Format: hardback
Size: 210 × 148 mm
418 pages
3 graphs and indexes
Copyright: © 2024
ISBN: 9781743329726
Publication: 01 Mar 2024
Series: Animal Politics