Collapse, social tipping dynamics, and framing climate change

Steel, D., Mintz-Woo, K. ORCID:, & DesRoches, C. (2023). Collapse, social tipping dynamics, and framing climate change. Politics, Philosophy & Economics 10.1177/1470594X231196432. (In Press)

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In this article, we claim that recent developments in climate science and renewable energy should prompt a reframing of debates surrounding climate change mitigation. Taken together, we argue that these developments suggest (1) global climate collapse in this century is a non-negligible risk, (2) mitigation offers substantial benefits to current generations, and (3) mitigation by some can generate social tipping dynamics that could ultimately make renewables cheaper than fossil fuels. We explain how these claims undermine familiar framings of climate change, wherein mitigation is understood as self-sacrifice that individuals and governments must be morally persuaded or incentivized to undertake.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; climate ethics; climate justice; intergenerational justice; mitigation; societal collapse; tipping points
Research Programs: Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2023 08:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2023 08:46

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