Preprint Communication Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Climate Dialog, Climate Action: Can Democracy Do the Job?

Version 1 : Received: 8 September 2021 / Approved: 13 September 2021 / Online: 13 September 2021 (13:38:27 CEST)

How to cite: Phillips, F.Y.; Reimer, L.; Turner, R. Climate Dialog, Climate Action: Can Democracy Do the Job?. Preprints 2021, 2021090213 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0213.v1). Phillips, F.Y.; Reimer, L.; Turner, R. Climate Dialog, Climate Action: Can Democracy Do the Job?. Preprints 2021, 2021090213 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0213.v1).

Abstract

The latest IPCC report forcefully states that immediate, decisive, and large-scale actions are needed to avert climate catastrophe. This essay presumes that democratic governments are best and most desirably positioned to take these actions. Yet in the countries most pivotal to global climate, significant voting blocs are uninterested in environmental issues. The essay urges adding bottom-up dialog between environmental and anti-environmental voters, to current and future top-down technocratic “solutions.” To make this combination result in a unified pro-environment electorate, we must understand: religious objections to environmentalism; the capital-vs.-knowledge strife that slows polluting corporations’ green transitions; and the psychological mechanisms that can make inter-group dialog fruitful.

Keywords

climate; democracy; religion; evangelism; environment

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.
We use cookies on our website to ensure you get the best experience.
Read more about our cookies here.