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Heating Up!: Social Dimensions of Climate Change Policy in Australia Janet Stanley

Heating Up!: Social Dimensions of Climate Change Policy in Australia

Janet Stanley

Published September 30th 2014
ISBN : 9781921867446
Paperback
240 pages
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This book seeks to re-order the importance of the three traditional bottom lines - economics, social, and environmental outcomes. It argues that the health of the environment is fundamental to the well-being of people and that economics should beMoreThis book seeks to re-order the importance of the three traditional bottom lines - economics, social, and environmental outcomes. It argues that the health of the environment is fundamental to the well-being of people and that economics should be viewed as a sub-topic of the social rather than its current dominance in policy. The primary challenge of responding to the present crisis of climate change and environmental damage has moved from the pure sciences to the domain of the social sciences. Transformational change across societal structures is needed within a short time frame. Yet, in Australia, political leadership and good policy, aided by a responsible media and a responsive research community and government bureaucracy, is deficient. These groups struggle at times to provide effective responses. There is an impasse about what processes and actions are needed for change. The Challenge of Climate Change for Australia and Its Leaders outlines social policy frameworks and sector responsibilities for action, particularly for those who now, and increasingly in the future, experience the greatest hardships associated with environmental destruction. Indeed, it is contended that equity in outcomes is crucial to any successful response to both climate change and environmental destruction.