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Informing decision making on climate change and low carbon futures: Framing narratives around the United Kingdom’s fifth carbon budget

Howarth, Candice (2017) Informing decision making on climate change and low carbon futures: Framing narratives around the United Kingdom’s fifth carbon budget Energy Research & Social Science, 31. pp. 295-302.

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Abstract

Narratives can help increase experiential engagement with climate change and build support for transitions to a low carbon future. The UK’s 2050 climate targets provide indicatives frames through which emissions reductions could be translated to different contexts. The scenarios outlined in the UK’s fifth carbon budget will require lifestyle changes which may need to counter low levels of acceptance of the need to change through technological, political and behavioural initiatives. This paper explores the role of narratives of the UK’s fifth carbon budget in increasing engagement to climate change. Data are presented from thirty semi-structured interviews with UK academic, policy and practitioner communities. Six narratives are identified that could enable positive engagement with a low carbon future and better engagement on climate change: (i) showcasing investment opportunities; (ii) maintaining independence and freedom of choice; (iii) guiding audiences to visualise a low carbon future; (iv) demonstrating broader appeal, salience and impact of not doing anything; (v) supporting transitions and change; (vi) highlighting benefits to quality of life. Implications of these findings to public engagement on climate change and perceptions of how life may need to be reconfigured in a low carbon future are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Howarth, Candicecandice.howarth@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 December 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.011
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Climate change; Narratives; Low-carbon future; Fifth carbon budget
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 13 Jun 2017 09:40
Last Modified : 25 Sep 2017 09:14
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841355

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