A Voice of my Own

What is ‘the sociological history of climate change’?

How did you learn about climate change? Did you delve into the scientific literature and come up with a detached conclusion? No-one does this.

Concern over climate change lives within our society. My parents told me about how humans were destroying the planet. My teachers told me about the greenhouse effect at school. The TV told me. The internet told me. Greta Thunburg, Al Gore, and even Boris Johnson told me. Climate change is a societal force as well as a physical phenomenon.

I see it as my job to investigate climate change as a societal force.

This is not as simple as it sounds. This isn’t a linear story of climate scientists coming up with startling conclusions that are then transmitted into the political sphere – if this was the case, climate activism would have started in the 1938, when the basic scientific tenets of climate change narratives were laid out by Guy Stewart Callendar, or in 1960, when these tenets were confirmed by the measurements of Charles Keeling.

Rather, the rise of climate change discourse is a complex story regarding the utilisation and receptibility of climate-based narratives, a story that is very much still developing today.

If you’re interested in learning more about what I do, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on the contact page.

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