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Poverty and climate change

What is the relationship between poverty and climate change? Watch this video to find out more.

Now we move beyond health to the broader social implications of unsustainability. Listen to sociologist John Holmwood asking his colleague Tony Fitzpatrick about the relationship between poverty and climate change. Tony describes his theories of eco-social poverty and his belief that the social and ecological agendas must come together if we are to achieve a level of sustainability.

Those of you in China can also view this video on our Tudou channel.

A the bottom of the page you will find an additional resource – a PDF slideshow presenting an introduction to the social implications of climate change. This is based upon an MA course that Tony teaches at the University of Nottingham. He introduces us to the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC), presents some of the agreed data and likely outcomes of climate change, and poses some questions for both policy makers and citizens.

Think about: Tony talks about our repositioning ourselves as citizens rather than as consumers in our relationship with our food and the food chain. His diagnosis is that we need to be prepared to reduce our ‘Me, Now’, consumerism. What would you be prepared to change in your own life? And what benefits do you feel you might achieve as a result of this change? Having added your own post, can you respond to some of your fellow learners with encouragement or advice?

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