Localizing climate change: stepping up local climate action

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Title Localizing climate change: stepping up local climate action
Author Bond, Meghan Shae
Journal Name Management of Environmental Quality
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the current literature and ideas on how local climate change action (both mitigation and adaptation) could be intensified. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review of Australian and international academic journals and policy documents on the current views of effective local climate action was conducted. Additional data on Australian grassroots community activities was compiled from the internet, participant observation and secondary sources. Findings – The paper argues that local climate action is important and three key aspects could provide effective avenues to step-up local climate action. These three avenues are: increased attention to local adaptation; the linking of adaptation and mitigation efforts together and with other local ecological concerns; and greater engagement with active community members and grassroots community-initiated climate change actions. These three key aspects could give climate change a local saliency and tangibility, spur more effective action, build community resilience and reduce vulnerability. Research limitations/implications – Research is in the explorative stages and, therefore, only tentative conclusions and possible future directions can be suggested. Practical implications – The avenues identified to scale-up local action on climate change could be readily utilised by local governments and/or other interested groups. Originality/value – The paper disseminates three compelling ways that climate action could be intensified at the local scale, and possibly create greater public engagement and avenues to innovative approaches to tackle climate change.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14777831011025553
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 21
Issue Number 2
Page from 214
Page to 225
ISSN 1477-7835
Date Accessioned 2011-01-18
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37809
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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