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Climate of Change Misrepresented as Climate Change

Insights from metaphorical confusion (Part #1)

Switch of focus
Change of patterns of behaviour
Challenge: recognition of the asystemic framing of climate change
Challenge: institutionalized shunning of overpopulation
Challenge: role of religion in reinforcing unsustainable behaviour
Challenge: use of tangible climatic phenomena to frame the response to intangible strategic crises
Challenge: role of technology corporations in a quick-fix geo-engineering solution
Challenge: beyond single-factor strategy development
Challenge: possibilities of "unthinkable" solutions
Challenge: unrecognized role of people power in times of systemic crises

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This is a summary of ways in which the focus on climate change, understood as a problem, is being used, deliberately or inadvertently, to reframe the climate of change. The latter was previously associated with the innovative potentials of a new century, openness to "new thinking", the possibility of a "paradigm shift", and new ways of doing things.

Essentially, it is argued here, these creative, remedial possibilities for a spectrum of challenges are being transformed into a particular understanding of problematic climate change -- to which conventional strategic responses are then considered appropriate within the old mindset. The significance of "climate change" is being conflated with that of "climate of change" -- to the disadvantage of the latter and its associated expectations.

It might be said that those focused on the tangible specifics of climate change have successively appropriated the potential previously associated with the intangibles to which climate of change referred -- including issues of social justice and response to the underprivileged. Reference to climate of change is increasingly used only to imply that previous denial regarding climate change is being overcome -- in the new climate of change. For this reason, reports on climate change often now use the phrase climate of change in their title.

It is clearly dangerous for many social change agendas that "stop climate change" should be understood as implying, to any degree, the creation of a "climate of opinion" in which "change should be stopped".

This summary serves primarily to point to more extensive arguments elaborated in earlier papers (with appropriate references) regarding the issues of which preoccupation with climate change is a symptom -- notably the issue of population growth, previously recognized as a driver of climate change.

ue of population growth, previously recognized as a driver of climate change.

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