Beyond the market fix: shaping emerging climate strategies.

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dc.contributor.author Biggar, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-17T00:55:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-17T00:55:11Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-12-17T00:55:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3166
dc.description.abstract This thesis offers a critique of the dominant strategy to prevent catastrophic climate change, which I call the market fix, and starting points for developing an alternative strategy, which I call the common transition. To prevent catastrophic climate change GHG emissions must both peak by around 2015 and be reduced to near zero by 2050. I will argue that it is unlikely that the market fix will be able to reduce GHG emissions sufficiently because there is a powerful and resilient drive for destructive kinds of economic growth embedded in the relationship between states and the global economy. For this reason, the market fix relies on unrealistically rapid technological development to reduce GHG emissions sufficiently without threatening general economic growth or powerful economic interests. I will argue that self organizing networks and commons institutions, the two key elements of the common transition, can be woven together to change the relationship between societies and their economies in order to weaken the drive for destructive kinds of economic growth, directly reduce GHG emissions, and create a new context for climate action in which societies have a greater ability to achieve zero GHG emissions by 2050. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Climate change en
dc.subject Climate movement en
dc.subject Political economy en
dc.subject Environmental studies en
dc.subject Global warming en
dc.subject Clean energy en
dc.subject Environmental economics en
dc.subject Climatic changes en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Political Science en
dc.title Beyond the market fix: shaping emerging climate strategies. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor M'Gonigle, R. Michael
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Studies en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en

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