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Kristina Diprose, Gill Valentine, Robert Vanderbeck, Chen Liu, and Katie McQuaid

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204735

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204735.001.0001

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Local Narratives of Climate Change

Local Narratives of Climate Change

(p.39) Three Local Narratives of Climate Change
Climate Change, Consumption and Intergenerational Justice

Kristina Diprose

Gill Valentine

Robert M. Vanderbeck

Chen Liu

Katie Mcquaid

Policy Press

When asking people across diverse geographical and cultural contexts about the impact of climate change on their lives, it is important to take into account how the idea of climate – and thus of climate change – may be differently conceptualised. This chapter explores urban residents’ perceptions of living with a changing climate, the cultural construction of climate change, and how it is conflated with local weather and high-visibility environmental problems such as air pollution, tree felling, industrial waste and changing land use. It discusses how local explanatory narratives differ in their treatment of climate change as remote in space and time or immediate and locally-rooted; and how this affects the extent to which people feel it has a direct impact on their lives. It argues that residents across Jinja, Nanjing and Sheffield were more or less anxious about climate change not only as a consequence of different levels of regional exposure, but also as a result of socioeconomic vulnerability to climate shocks, and the perceived physical deterioration or improvement of their immediate environment as a consequence of urban infrastructural change.

Keywords:   climate change, environmental change, urban change, urban infrastructure, environmental social research, cross cultural research, industrialisation

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