Drawing on interviews with politicians and activists, Too Hot to Handle? provides an in-depth comparative analysis of international climate policies to examine how we can build impactful democratic solutions to climate change. World leaders have agreed to limit rises in global temperatures, yet climate issues scarcely trouble domestic policies. Implementing climate solutions successfully through the democratic process requires a radical political shift and an overhaul of the laws and systems that govern our society. The author confronts the difficulties of fitting the climate change agenda into the current political system, including how to make it a voter priority, whilst proposing practical ways forward for climate change politics. 'If politicians know the seriousness of the climate crisis, why don't they act? This highly readable book explains.' - Shaun Spiers, Green Alliance
Rebecca Willis (Lancaster University)
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01 April 2020
Introduction: Democracy on hold? A minute to midnight: Governing the planet The energy elephant Dual realities: Living with the climate crisis 20 years of climate action, but emissions are still rising More, and better, democracy A strategy for the climate emergency The personal is political: How to be a good climate citizen
Rebecca Willis is an Professor in Practice at Lancaster University. She is an Expert Lead on for Climate Assembly UK and was a respondent in the Channel Four Leaders' Debate on Climate in November 2019. Media appearances include BBC Radio Four's Today Programme, the One O'Clock News, Radio 5 Live, The Guardian, New Scientist and more.
Reviews for Too Hot to Handle?: The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change
If politicians know the seriousness of the climate crisis, why don't they act? This highly readable book explains. Shaun Spiers, Green Alliance