An Integral Overview of Climate Change

An Integral Overview of Climate Change
Why Truth is not Enough
By Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
Climate change is a multifaceted problem that requires a transdisciplinary, and thereby integral, approach. In this article I draw on Integral Theory and its AQAL model as a framework for generating an Integral approach to climate change.
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Published: 01-01-2010
Length: 42 Pages
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Climate change is a multifaceted problem that requires a transdisciplinary, and thereby integral, approach. In this article I draw on Integral Theory and its AQAL model as a framework for generating an Integral approach to climate change. In Part 1, I introduce the four quadrants of Integral Theory and then use this conceptual lens to generate a four-layered analysis of climate change: its dimensions, its causes, possible solutions, and areas of research. In Part 2, I showcase the work of seven integral practitioners and mention the work of an additional dozen who are using Integral Theory and its quadrants (among other elements) to support their work in climate leadership. These examples serve to illustrate the practical and effective nature of taking an Integral approach as illustrated in Part 1. This article aims to provide a basic overview of how to begin to think about climate change in an integral way and serves as a comprehensive inventory of who is already using the Integral framework to respond to climate change.