Climate and Society: Transforming the Future
This bold and important new book presents current and emerging thinking on the social dimensions of climate change. Using clear language and powerful examples, it introduces key concepts and frameworks for understanding the multifaceted connections between climate and society.
Robin Leichenko and Karen O’Brien frame climate change as a social issue that calls for integrative approaches to research, policy, and action. They explore dominant and relevant discourses on the social drivers and impacts of climate change, highlighting the important roles that worldviews and beliefs play in shaping responses to climate challenges. Situating climate change within the context of a rapidly changing world, the book demonstrates how dynamic political, economic, and environmental contexts amplify risks yet also present opportunities for transformative responses.
Aimed at undergraduate students and others concerned with a critical challenge of our time, this informative and engaging book empowers readers with a range of possibilities for equitable and sustainable transformations in a changing climate.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Social Challenge of Climate Change
Chapter 2. Scientific Evidence of Climate Change
Chapter 3. Climate Change Discourses
Chapter 4. Worldviews, Beliefs and Emotions
Chapter 5. The Social Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 6. A World of Energy
Chapter 7. Climate Change Impacts
Chapter 8. Vulnerability and Human Security
Chapter 9. Adapting to a Changing Climate
Chapter 10. Transforming the Future