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Climate Change and Social Ecology takes a new and different approach to the world's most pressing challenge, recasting climate change as a challenge of rapid social evolution, and presenting a compelling vision of how sustainable societies might come about. Rather than simply describing the science of climate change or potential near-term initiatives to address the problem, this essential volume looks at the social transformation that will be necessary to deal with the challenge in the long term. The book argues that humanity is still avoiding dealing with the dysfunctional social ecologies that have led to unsustainable development, and that we are still not discussing underlying drivers of the problem such as overpopulation, overconsumption, and inequity. After considering the general strategies considered to date to deal with climate change, including international agreements, piecemeal local and national action, and geoengineering, the volume presents a detailed vision of a sustainable society in the future and how that might be achieved through more conscious public nurturing of our own social ecologies.
Drawing on literature in many fields, the author argues that only by reframing the challenge as one of taking charge of our own evolution can our species survive twenty-first century threats and reach a sustainable future. The task is one of planning in the broadest and most creative sense--planning to heal ourselves, our societies, and the planet.