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Green political theory in a climate-changed world: between innovation and restraint
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0078-9614
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1291-5254
2015 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 24, no 2, 173-192 p., 230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The implications for Green political theory of the international community’s failure to avert dangerous warming are evaluated. An emerging conflict is identified between the Green-romantic value of restraint and the Green-rationalistvalue of protection, between a desire to preserve biotic systemsand a distrust of scientific solutions to problems that are intrinsically social. In response, approaches are outlined that can help to navigate the current period of overshoot beyond safe planetary boundaries by informing choices among bundles of environmental harms. An ethic of restraint, encompassing non-domination and post-materialist values, can validly be justified without reference to ecological catastrophe. Meanwhile, in respect of preservationfrom climate-linked harms, the need for cooperation in support of scalable abatement measures suggests the necessity of accelerated research into ‘breakthrough’, low-emissions energy technologies. However, since technophilic preservationism is incompatible with existing environmental ‘logics ofpractice’, this strategy must mobilise political support outside the traditional environmental movement.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 24, no 2, 173-192 p., 230
Keyword [en]
Anthropocene, geoengineering, Enlightenment, climate policy, breakthrough
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101241DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2015.1008252ISI: 000352846900001OAI: diva2:798100
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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