Carbon metrics: global abstractions and ecological epistemicide

Carbon metrics: global abstractions and ecological epistemicide

Usually climate negotiations are publicly pilloried for creating confusion around the problem and delaying action. But the time has also come to inquire into their unintended effects on our thinking. So the authors of this essay state that they have little interest in a first-order critique of the kind that has already and amply been set forth by numerous commentaries and conference observers. Instead, they are concerned with a second-order critique, asking: What do strategies for managing climate change do to us and to our relationship with nature and society? Some strategies may be more effective than others, but what consequences do they have for our worldview and our self-conception? This line of questioning is reflective; it asks about the world we are creating when we undertake particular reforms. And this is not done nearly enough in environmental policy, or global domestic policy, which has been its real status for some long time.
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