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Climate change is a global anthropogenic threat to cultural continuity. Climate change adaptation demands that we radically change how we are, how we know, how we act and how we learn. It calls for a new ethic of caring for nature – for living with the world we inhabit. A paradigm shift is underway – a shift toward ‘conscious participation with nature’ that relies on imagination to envision a new way of being, knowing and living in our world. We need a new language for making sense of the emerging reality. We need to tell new stories that express the ecocentric cultural imaginary. This e-book is my unique contribution to the paradigm shift. I hope it provokes your creativity to generate your unique contributions to transforming our world with hope.
This transdisciplinary work moves across and beyond several disciplines: philosophy, environmental ethics, ecofeminism, culture studies, new materialism, indigenous studies and post-colonial studies. No single discipline is adequate for solving the complex problem of climate change adaptation, and for that reason, a transdisciplinary approach is necessary. I defer to scientists for the scientific explanations of climate change. My background is in critical cultural studies, so I offer a social and cultural perspective on climate change adaptation. This e-book is organized in three parts
- Part 1 presents the problem of climate change adaptation from a human perspective.
- Part 2 deconstructs the necrophilic Western paradigm by critiquing its attributes that caused the climate problem.
- Part 4 proposes a paradigm of natality as a culture of creativity
- Part 3 navigates the space in-between by focusing on change processes for making the paradigm shift from necrophilia to natality.
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