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The Ideological Trick of Climate Change and Sustainability

Gianluca Schinaia ()
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Gianluca Schinaia: FPS Lab S.R.L.—University of Milan

Chapter Chapter 2 in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change for Sustainable Growth, 2022, pp 11-25 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This chapter analyzes how ideological bias plays a significant role in polarizing public debates on climate change policies. Urgent demands for global warming and sustainable development actions have become very popular among young people, international institutions, the scientific community, and public opinion. On the other hand, the right-wing ideology has endorsed the ideas of the climate denial countermovement worldwide, claiming to protect low and middle-class workers of Western countries, weakened by a protracted economic crisis. Ideological beliefs create disagreement on the perception of, and the solutions to tackle, the climate crisis. Disagreement causes mistrust of scientific data regarding climate change. So, the ideological clash between left and right-wing parties on the significance of global warming and its impacts and remedies reduces the solutions to tackle the climate crisis. Specifically, the chapter presents how sustainable development issues have been pushed forward by entities traditionally far away from the conservative electorate. Furthermore, how the right-wing ideology has endorsed the ideas of the climate denial countermovement worldwide, focusing on Western countries and finally, to the communication problems and solutions to raise climate crisis awareness.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-87564-0_2

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