Beau­ti­ful weather: The so­cial pol­i­tics of global warm­ing

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES -

Aus­tralia is the lucky coun­try – we don't get world wars, or rev­o­lu­tions, or famines, or global fi­nan­cial crises – not here at least, not in liv­ing mem­ory, not the worst of them. Bad things hap­pen else­where in the world, but not re­ally in Aus­tralia.

This ex­cep­tion­al­ism has con­trib­uted to the po­lar­i­sa­tion of the cli­mate change de­bate in Aus­tralia. Yet with killer heat­waves, win­ter bush­fires and dev­as­tat­ing storms be­com­ing the norm, Aus­tralian so­ci­ety needs to learn a new way to con­cep­tu­alise the threat and to nor­malise ac­tion for the fu­ture.

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