March 11, 2009

Climate Change, A Broader View

From IntegralLife.Com:
Responding to Climate Change: The Need for an Integral Approach

By Karen O’Brien

Climate change is now recognized as one of the most challenging and complex problems facing humanity -- the problem is real, the stakes are high, and there is no single solution. No measure will be met with the instant gratification that is often expected by people in modern, high-energy consumption societies…

In this article I discuss why an integral approach is not only necessary for addressing climate change, but urgent. I argue that an emphasis on understanding climate change from an objective, systems perspective has downplayed the importance of subjective, interior dimensions of climate change, when in fact the integration of both aspects is needed. I then present six reasons why an integral approach can be considered both useful and necessary for responding to climate change.

Finally, I consider what integral theory might offer to current policy debates about one of the world's climate change hot spots -- the Arctic region.
Read More (PDF): Here

KAREN O’BRIEN is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oslo and lead author of the adaptation chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

3 comments:

Realtor in Toronto said...

I would very much like to read your paper because it is a very interesting topic which I've read few other articles about but unfortunately the link to the paper does not work. It gives an error saying page not found.

Take care, Elli

dharmicmel said...

ditto

BrightAbyss~ said...

that should fix the prob - thanks for the heads up! and thanks for reading... cheers~

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