The Case for Clumsiness
Most climatologists agree that by burning fossil fuels and engaging in other forms of consumption and production we are increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that float around in the atmosphere. These gases, in trapping some of the sun’s heat, warm the earth and enable life. The trouble is, some predict, that if we continue to accumulate those gases, over the course of the new century the average temperature on earth will rise and local climates will change, with possibly catastrophic consequences. Will this indeed happen? Does climate-change put the future of the world at risk? Can only a radical reallocation of global wealth and power rescue us from this threat? Or should people not be overly worried, as the steady march of technological progress will see us through in the end?
Policy sciences, Decision making, Politics and culture, Social perception
Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Politics and Plural Perceptions
Verweij, Marco; Thompson, Michael
City or Country
Verweij, Marco, Mary Douglas, R. Ellis, Christoph Engel, Frank Hendriks, Susanne Lohmann, Steven Ney, Steve Rayner and Michael Thompson. 2006. "The Case for Clumsiness.” In Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Politics and Plural Perceptions, edited by Marco Verweij and M. Thompson, 1-30. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.