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Contextualizing discourses of climate delay: a response to Lamb et al. (2020)

Published inGlobal sustainability, vol. 6
Publication date2023-11-17
First online date2023-11-17

Non-technical summary

Individuals and institutions seeking to delay climate action use a variety of new discursive strategies, emphasizing the downsides, spreading fatalism, or betting on technological fixes. This commentary highlights the importance of context when investigating discourses of climate delay. Depending on who holds them and why, some discourses can take on different meanings, hinder or enhance climate action.

Technical summary

In this commentary, we propose a review of ‘Discourses of climate delay’ by Lamb et al. (2020). While we agree that discursive strategies of climate delay are taking new forms, we argue that such analysis should go beyond discourses and investigate the context in which they are enunciated to avoid oversimplifying the complexity of the debate about climate (in)action. Discourses, and the context in which they are enacted, hold an important place in climate deliberations and should be carefully analyzed from a multicultural perspective, open to social diversity.

Social media summary

Are all discourses of climate delay discourses of delay? Context matters when debating whether a discourse promotes (in)action.

Citation (ISO format)
PFLIEGER, Géraldine, DE PRYCK, Kari. Contextualizing discourses of climate delay: a response to Lamb et al. (2020). In: Global sustainability, 2023, vol. 6. doi: 10.1017/sus.2023.18
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