This dissertation offers a critique of what scholars have called the ‘dominant climate imaginary:’ a way of thinking that animates mainstream climate politics. It proposes in turn a ‘democratic imaginary’ through which to respond to anthropogenic climate change. Through the lens of the dominant imaginary: 1) climate change appears as an essentially technical and scientific problem, 2) the impacts of climate change are presumed to be spatially and/or temporally distant, and 3) individuals and communities implicated in a changing climate are encouraged to accept that countering climate change is primarily the responsibility of distant organizations and institutions. As such, the dominant imaginary provides little room for centering and addressing everyday entanglements with climate change, even as it stymies opportunities for approaching climate change through bottom-up, democratic politics. In response, this dissertation argues that concerned political theorists and activists ought resist the dominant climate imaginary, and proposes the concept of ‘climate violence’ as a means of doing so. Once climate change is understood as a problem of violence – and therefore not only a technical and scientific problem – questions about its political implications are more easily asked. Who is responsible for the problem? Who is most impacted? How should those who are implicated in one way or another think about responsibility for, and democratic responses to, climate change? Having critiqued the dominant imaginary and argued for the concept of climate violence, the dissertation ends with a turn to democratic and feminist political theorists. By putting such theorists into conversation with the problem of climate violence, I end by outlining ‘greenhouse democracy’ a set of ecologically sensitive democratic commitments and provocations. According to greenhouse democracy the experience of living under the threat of climate violence, rather than any official citizenship granted by states, qualifies and invites one to participate in building bottom-up, collective responses to climate violence.