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Climate change, carbon dependency and narratives of transition and stasis in four English rural communities

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posted on 17.01.2017, 15:53 by Martin Phillips, J. Dickie
This paper explores the carbon dependency of life in four villages in England, the degree to which residents in these villages are aware of and concerned about this dependency and its relationship to climate change, and the extent to which they undertake actions that might mitigate or adapt to this dependency. The paper identifies high degrees of carbon dependency and awareness and concern about climate change and carbon dependency, although relatively low levels of mitigative or adaptive actions. The paper explores how this disjuncture between awareness and actions persists, arguing that attention needs to be paid to how people narrate stories to themselves and others that account for inaction. Five narratives of non-transition or stasis are identified, along with three, less widely adopted, narratives of transition. The significance of rurality and emotions within these narratives is highlighted.

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This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [Grant Number RES-240-25-0025], with the project being entitled ‘Adaptations to rural communities through living with climate change’.

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Citation

Geoforum, 2015, 67, pp. 93-109

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Geography/Human Geography

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Geoforum

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Elsevier

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0016-7185

Acceptance date

20/10/2015

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2015

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17/01/2017

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718515002936

Language

en

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