Alternative scenarios

Varieties of capitalism

Authored by: Constance Lever-Tracy

Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  July  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415544764
eBook ISBN: 9780203876213
Adobe ISBN: 9781135998509

10.4324/9780203876213.ch16

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Abstract

A number of the contributors to this handbook fear that vested interests, national rivalries and path dependency, as well as blinkered vision, a sense of powerlessness and selfish discounting of the longer-term future will prevent us from making the necessary deep and rapid emissions cuts (see e.g. Perrow, Clémençon, Ockwell et al.). Yet while success may prove elusive, so long as nature continues to respond to our ‘business as usual’ with accelerating climate change, efforts to transform our production, consumption and technology will surely continue. Many chapters in this volume are concerned with the political, social and economic factors hindering or facilitating such developments. This chapter is a brief speculation on what might be the social and cultural consequences of such attempts.

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