The problems and debates surrounding climate change possess closely intertwined social and scientific aspects. This book highlights the importance of researching climate change through a multi-disciplinary approach; namely through cultural studies, communication studies, and clean-technology studies. These three dimensions taken together have the ability to constitute a positive agenda for climate change science in its broader understanding. To cope with the climate change challenge, not only do we need new energy efficient technologies, other ways of living, and new ways to communicate but we especially need new ways to start thinking about climate change across disciplines and backgrounds. We need to begin thinking across engineering, cultural science and communication in order to create innovative solutions, as well as to generate optimistic and progressive narratives about the future.
Accentuating these "softer" scientific disciplines, their overlaps, and the positive discourses they can create, this book provides some more profoundly researched themes pertaining to climate change and by that, strengthening the analytical as well as the integrative approaches toward the fundamental questions at stake.
Section 1 Introduction: A new agenda for climate change research, Per Homann Jespersen, Soren Riis and Pernille Almlund.; Section 2 Clean-Technology: Climate change and clean-technology (introduction), Per Homan Jespersen; What is clean-tech? - unraveling the buzzword, Thomas Budde Christensen and Tyge Kjaer; Local transition for low carbon construction and housing - studies of innovative Danish municipalities, Jesper Holm, Inger Stauning and Bent Sondergard; The development of cleaner technologies such as non-fossil energy systems in the absence of strong global governance of climate change, Rikke Lybaek, Ole Erik Hansen and Jan Andersen; Opportunities and challenges for innovation in the design of low-carbon energy technologies - a case study of the lighting sector, Araceli Bjarklev, Kent Laursen, Jan Andersen and Tyge Kjaer; Using sustainability games to elicit moral hypotheses from scientists and engineers, Evan Selinger, Thomas P. Seager, Susan Spierre and David Schwartz.; Section 3 Culture: Climate change and culture (introduction), Soren Riis; Nature, climate change and the culture of social sciences, Reiner Grundmann, Markus Rhomberg and Nico Stehr; Climate change knowledge and social movement theory, Andrew Jamison; The matter of climate change: what it is and how to be concerned with it, Gert Goeminne; Education, active citizenship and applied social intelligence: some democratic tools to meet the threat of climate change, Joshua Forstenzer; Sustainability means ethics and this is a cultural revolution, Michel Puech; Coping with climate change: social science and the case of multi-site living, Jorgen Ole Baerenholt.; Section 4 Communication: Climate change and communication (introduction), Pernille Almlund; Challenges to climate change communication through mass media in Bangladesh: a developing country perspective, Irene Neverla, Corinne Leuthje and Shemeem Mahmud; Could films help to save the world from climate change? A discourse exploration of two climate change documentary films and an analysis of their impact on the UK printed media, Gabriela Ramirez Galindo; Communicating the political; act of switching off the light: mediating citizen action through 'boundary acts' in the Earth Hour and Vote Earth global media events, Paul McIlvenny; Climate activism and the mass media: potentially a politically challenging debate, Anders Danielsen; Negotiating and communicating climate, Pernille Almlund; Index.
Series: Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 28th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6