Discourses of climate inaction undermine public support for 1.5 °C lifestyles
    • Publication year: 2024
    • Journal: Global Ennvironmental Change
    • Authors: Catherine Cherry, Caroline Verfuerth, Christina Demski
    • Language: English
    • Post category:Academic Papers

    Arguments that seek to delay climate action and justify inadequate mitigation efforts, often termed ‘discourses of delay’, are widespread within political and media debate on climate change. This article reports on the results of novel public deliberation and visioning workshops, conducted across the UK in 2020/2021 to explore visions of a 1.5 °C future. Despite very strong public support for many low-carbon lifestyle strategies in principle, entrenched discourses of delay are limiting beliefs that a fair, low-carbon future is possible.