Beyond Climate Breakdown

Beyond Climate Breakdown Envisioning New Stories of Radical Hope - One Planet

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"How dare you?" asked teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations in 2019. How dare the world's leaders fiddle around the edges when the world is on fire? Why is society unable to grasp the enormity of climate change? In Beyond Climate Breakdown, Peter Friederici writes that the answer must come in the form of a story, and that our miscomprehension of the climate crisis comes about because we have been telling the wrong stories. These stories are pervasive; they come from long narrative traditions, sanctioned by capitalism, Hollywood, and social media, and they revolve around a myth: that the nation exists primarily as a setting for a certain kind of economic activity. Stories are how we make sense of the world and our place in it. The story that "the economy" takes priority over everything else may seem foreordained, but, Friederici explains, actually reflect choices made by specific people out of self-interest. So we need new stories-stories that centre the persistence of life, rather than of capitalism, stories that embrace contradiction and complexity. We can create new stories based on comedy and radical hope. Comedy never says no; hope sprouts like a flower in cracked concrete. These attitudes require a new way of thinking-an adaptive attitude toward life that slips the narrow yoke of definition. Series Overview: Concise, accessible books written for environment scholars as well as a popular audience, exploring particular expressions of environmental harm: how they have come to be, what is being done in response, and charting pathways for future action.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543934
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 304.250141
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvi, 180
Weight: 246g
Height: 153mm
Width: 227mm
Spine width: 19mm