Mike Hulme


On his book Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity

Cover Interview of October 08, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Climate change in a more creative and less pejorative discourse.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Our discordant conversations about climate change reveal at a deeper level all that makes for diversity, creativity and conflict within the human story—our different attitudes to risk, technology and well-being; our different ethical, ideological and political beliefs; our different interpretations of the past and our competing visions of the future.”

On the second:

“If we pursue the route of seeking ever larger and grander solutions to climate change we will continue to end up frustrated and disillusioned: global deals will be stymied, science and economics will remain battlegrounds for rearguard actions, global emissions will continue to rise, vulnerabilities to climate risks will remain. And we will end up unleashing ever more reactionary and dangerous interventions in our despairing search for a solution to our wicked problem: the colonisation of agricultural land with energy crops, the colonisation of space with mirrors, the colonisation of the human spirit with authoritarian government.”