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Climate Change and the Convergence between ENGOs and Business: On the Loss of Utopian Energies

Jonas Anshelm and Anders Hansson

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 75-94. doi: 10.3197/096327111X12922350166076


The conflicts permeating the environmental debate since the 1960s have mainly involved two actors: multinational companies and international environmental organizations (ENGOs). Today, there are signs that the antagonism is ending with regards to co-operation and strategy. We argue that this convergence is no longer limited to specific joint projects, but is also prevalent at the idea and policy levels. Both actors have begun describing problems in similar terms, articulating the same goals and recommending the same solutions. Such convergence offers advantages in efforts to counteract climate change but also some problems: declining citizen trust in ENGOs, risk of intellectually impoverished environmental and energy debates, and loss of alternate visions and values.


ENGO, BINGO, oil industry, climate change, organisational environmental discourse

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Editorial: The New Environmental Pragmatists, Pluralism and Sustainability Clive L. Spash

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Governing Climate Technologies: Is there Room for Democracy? Hayley Stevenson

Green Faith? The Role of Faith-Based Actors in Global Sustainable Development Discourse. Katharina Glaab, Doris Fuchs

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