Integral Adaptation to Climate Change

Integral Adaptation to Climate Change
By Karen O’Brien and Gail Hochachka
This article discusses the limitations of current approaches to climate change adaptation, which focus predominantly on sectoral and technological approaches and reflect objective, third-person analyses. The authors then consider how Integral Theory can contribute to new understandings of adaptation by making room for many disciplines, perspectives, and validity claims.
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Published: 01-01-2010
Length: 14 Pages
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This article discusses the limitations of current approaches to climate change adaptation, which focus predominantly on sectoral and technological approaches and reflect objective, third-person analyses. The authors  then consider how Integral Theory can contribute to new understandings of adaptation by making room for many disciplines, perspectives, and validity claims. In particular, the authors focus on the benefits of integrating interiority and greater attention to worldviews, awareness, and motivation in adaptation research and policies. The process of “integral adaptation” is described as it might look like in practice. The article concludes that integral adaptation to climate change involves a radical transformation of the way humanity thinks about change, from something that humans simply respond to and objectively manage, to something that is consciously created.