Robin Leichenko's book, Climate and Society: Transforming the Future, co-authored with Karen O'Brien, was been published by Polity Press in June 2019. The book explores the social causes, consequences, and responses to climate change, and identifies openings and opportunities to create a more equitable and sustainable future. It frames climate change as a social issue that calls for integrative approaches to research, policy, and action. In the book, Leichenko and O'Brien explore dominant and relevant discourses on the social drivers and impacts of climate change, highlighting the important roles that worldviews and beliefs play in shaping responses to climate challenges. Situating climate change within the context of a rapidly changing world, the book demonstrates how dynamic political, economic, and environmental contexts amplify risks yet also present opportunities for transformative responses.
Climate and Society: Transforming the Future is designed as a primary textbook for undergraduate courses on climate change and society. It is based on the premise that climate change is a critical social challenge, but also a pivotal opportunity for transformative change. It is meant for students and general audiences who are interested in learning more about the environmental, political, economic, and cultural aspects of climate change, and about broader and deeper approaches to climate change solutions. "Our aim is to bring climate change into the curriculum through a hopeful and positive message, showing students that they matter and that they can make a difference," Professor Leichenko, Chair and Professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers, said.
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“Climate and Society finds the world at a crossroads. It explains the profound implications of the roads ahead. It documents the benefits of transformative action, the individual and the political reasons for inaction, and the consequences for society and the wider environment. These powerful ideas come from two of the most influential scholars of the social dilemmas of climate change and illuminate the necessary choices in a rigorous and methodical manner.”
Neil Adger, University of Exeter
“This book takes a deeply human view on the challenge of global warming, highlighting critical issues of values, discourses, equity, political economy, vulnerability, and justice, while also providing a comprehensive overview of the human dimensions of climate change. It engages with the emotional, cultural, and embodied experiences of a changing climate and asks readers to consider their own feelings and views. The authors’ call for individual and collective transformation offers information, action, hope, and opportunities to students who may feel despairing about our future.”
Diana Liverman, University of Arizona
The authors celebrating the book's release in June, 2019.