Sociological responses to the bushfire and climate crises

Lockie, Stewart (2020) Sociological responses to the bushfire and climate crises. Environmental Sociology, 6 (1). pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

[Extract] Only a few months ago, the Australian Government was accused of undermining negotiations over implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, the world’s media is reporting that Australia is on fire and the same government is facing an electoral backlash over its reluctance, among other things, to implement more ambitious climate policies.

The obvious question is whether the bushfire crisis will offer a political circuit breaker either here or abroad – an opportunity to move past the polemics that dominate climate politics and toward more meaningful and urgent action? While sociological research cannot answer this question it can provide insight into some of the possibilities. I will discuss these possibilities in this essay but my main purpose is to reflect on the broader implications of the fires for those of us working in the social sciences.

Item ID: 62499
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2325-1042
Keywords: environmental sociology; disaster sociology; climate change sociology
Copyright Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 07:41
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 80%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 60%
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