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Cities Demanding the EarthA New Understanding of the Climate Emergency$
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Peter Taylor, Geoff O'Brien, and Phil O'Keefe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210477

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210477.001.0001

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Declarations: Root and Branch Unthinking

Declarations: Root and Branch Unthinking

(p.1) 1 Declarations: Root and Branch Unthinking
Cities Demanding the Earth

Peter J. Taylor

Geoff O’Brien

Phil O’Keefe

Policy Press

This chapter takes the failure of current climate change policy as a given and seeks explanations and ways forward. Policy-making should be firmly grounded in the essential nature of anthropogenic climate change – a complex problem and an existential threat. It is found wanting in three fundamental aspects. International relations with its competitive preposition is found to be not fit for purpose as decision-making arena. The scientific input for decision-making underplays the ‘anthropo’ bit of climate change and therefore is found unfit for purpose. And social science contributions are found not fit for purpose because of their innate state-centric bias. To overcome the resulting impasse requires critical unthinking. The work of Jane Jacobs is chosen as guide to unthinking thereby foregrounding cities. An invitation is issued for others to provide alternate unthinking.

Keywords:   Anthropogenic climate change, Critical unthinking, Jane Jacobs

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