Future Imaginings: Organizing in Response to Climate Change

Christopher Wright*, Daniel Nyberg, Christian De Cock, Gail Whiteman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Climate change has rapidly emerged as a major threat to our future. Indeed the increasingly dire projections of increasing global average temperatures and escalating extreme weather events highlight the existential challenge that climate change presents for humanity. In this editorial article we outline how climate change not only presents real, physical threats but also challenges the way we conceive of the broader economic, political and social order. We asked ourselves (and the contributors to this special issue) how we can imagine alternatives to our current path of ever escalating greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth? Through reference to the contributions that make up this special issue, we suggest that critically engaging with the concept of social, economic and political imaginaries can assist in tackling the conceptual and organizational challenges climate change poses. Only by questioning current sanitized and market-oriented interpretations of the environment, and embracing the catharsis and loss that climate change will bring, can we open up space for new future imaginings.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)647-658
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • Futures
  • Imaginaries
  • Social imaginary significations

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