Social approaches

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Definition: Social approaches to solving climate change run the gamut from metaphysical philosophy to popular media, from movies to books, from local community efforts to movement building. The main thrust is that our society must change in some definable way to both stop climate change and to adopt a more healthier balanced relationship with the biosphere.

Of the many social approaches, one that gets much attention is from Futurists and authors that adopt that world view.

 "I think SF writers have a role to play in sharing the vision of a better future, and dramatizing the consequences of inaction. Science fiction has been doing this for a long time, through novels, short stories, and nonfiction, too. Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl published Our Angry Earth more than twenty-five years ago, with common-sense suggestions about how to avoid environmental disaster. It’s sad to realize that we’re still rehashing the same tired argument today in the U.S., still pretending that the problem doesn’t exist. I’m optimistic that my kids’ generation is savvy enough to avoid that trap, acknowledge the scientific reality, and save us from ourselves. I just wish they didn’t have to carry that burden."  (

Some thinkers argue that we have already passed the tipping point, so that we must now address the impacts directly and plan for - at best - a severe transition phase. They argue that we are entering or already in the Anthropocene, where our actions have already doomed the immediate next generation and many generations to come to a very unstable climate.

As one author on Medium says:

"Human activities have so thoroughly altered the planet that a new geologic age has been named after us — the Anthropocene. The core driver of change enabling us to do this has been our capacity for cultural evolution. We must understand how culture resides at the heart of our dilemmas if we are to carry the mythic narratives, social norms, technologies, and institutional practices forward into whatever new paradigm of global society arises after the collapse."  (