Including and Differentiating among Perspectives

Including and Differentiating among Perspectives
An Integral Approach to Climate Change
By Michael Zimmerman
Among the principles of Integral Ecology, two are parcularly important: 1) include multiple perspectives not only in regard to characterizing and proposing remedies for environmental problems, but also in regard to determining what counts as a serious problem in the first place, and 2) differentiate from one another the domains studied by various methods (e.g., natural science vs. policy formation).
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Published: 12-01-2009
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Among the principles of Integral Ecology, two are parcularly important: 1) include multiple perspectives not only in regard to characterizing and proposing remedies for environmental problems, but also in regard to determining what counts as a serious problem in the first place, and 2) differentiate from one another the domains studied by various methods (e.g., natural science vs. policy formation). . I use these features of Integral Ecology to examine critically the contemporary debate about climate change. Even if Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios about rising global temperatures are plausible, an important issue remains: should resources be directed to adapting to coming climate change, or should they be directed to eorts to cut dramatically anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, especially C02? How are we to know how billions of dierent people with many dierent perspectives would answer this question?