Reflections on the Climate Crisis Discussion 2

Reflections on the Climate Crisis Discussion 2

Reflections on the Climate Crisis Discussion 2

The climate crisis is considered the most pressing environmental concern of our times. At the UN Climate Action Summit held in September 2019 activist Greta Thunberg told world leaders “you are failing us” due to their slow and inadequate response to anthropogenic climate change and continued dependency on fossil fuels. While many local governments, including those in Vancouver, have declared a climate emergency there is still a large gap between political statements and the actions needed to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a lower carbon, or decarbonised, society. Your activity this week is to write your reflections (~500 words) on the current climate crisis considering the points below. Fully explain each point you make.

1. What are your overall thoughts about the climate change debate and talk of the climate crisis in the media? Does it spur you into action, provoke eco-anxiety, generate climate fatigue or apathy, or produce another response?

2. What kinds of actions have you taken, or would you consider taking, in response to the climate emergency? For example, participating in climate strikes, taking action in your community, or making adaptations to your lifestyle?

3. How important do you consider climate emergency declarations by local governments or citizen activism in promoting change? Do you think these methods are effective in instigating change? Are there other approaches or actions that you think may be more effective in tackling the climate crisis?

4. How do you think the current wave of climate activism differs from the past waves of environmentalism that we have discussed in the course? You might think here about how the movement is organized, which groups are involved, or what kinds of underlying worldviews are represented?

5. How effective or ineffective do you think actions by international agencies and national or local governments have been to date in addressing climate change?

Suggest further ways in which such agencies might address climate change at a global to local scale.

This activity will be worth up to a total of 8 points. Marks will be given for depth of reflection, demonstrated understanding of climate change debates (climate literacy) and appreciation of the role of climate activism and other approaches in promoting change (mitigation, adaptation, decarbonization, geoengineering, etc.). Use examples to support your arguments and connect your responses to the course content where relevant. You do not have to use other sources for this reflection activity, but if you do make sure you include details


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.




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