Climate crisis? the politics of emergency framing



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Hodder, P. & Martin, B. (2009). Climate crisis? the politics of emergency framing. Economic and Political Weekly: a journal of current economic and political affairs, XLIV (36), 53-60.


Groups opposing climate change have been springing up in many countries, constituting a climate change movement. Several writers and movement leaders argue that climate change is an emergency that requires urgent action by governments to bring the problem under control. However, framing the issue as an emergency has several potential disadvantages. It may implicitly prioritise climate change over other important social issues. It can orient the movement towards government-led solutions rather than build popular support for long-term efforts. Finally, emergency framing may be counterproductive: it can disempower citizens because the problem seems too big, whereas providing practical opportunities for action is a better long -term approach.

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