Leave the Sand in the Land, Let the Stone Alone: Pits, Quarries and Climate Change

L Sandberg, Lisa Wallace
Conventional climate change discourse promotes green technological innovation, market-based regulation and behavioral adaptation as the answers to the global climate dilemma. Climate justice advocates have criticized this discourse in favor of a focus on the disproportionate impacts of capitalist carbon-producing activities. Both the conventional and climate justice positions, however, tend to overlook the very pillars of the carbon economy that make system change impossible. This paper
more » ... This paper interrogates one such pillar, the aggregate industry. Using some of the insights of political economy and actor network theory, we convey the interconnections between a carboniferous and calciferous capitalism, and the implications of the unique physical characteristics of aggregate resources for corporate strategies and local and trans-communal resistance. Case studies on 1