Citizenship and consumption in the climate emergency

We invite everyone interested to discuss how sociology of consumption could, and should, contribute to preventing catastrophic climate change. Where have we been and where are we going? The session is based on a discussion paper Sustainable Consumption research: Where should we go from here? by the early-career researchers of the Nonesco network.

The IPCC predicts that unless systemic actions take place, through both political initiatives and change in everyday routines of individuals, outcomes derived from anthropogenic climate change will be catastrophic. To achieve the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees before 2100, fundamental social change is urgently needed. However, changing everyday lives in a direction that will have lower environmental impact requires a better understanding of the underlying social mechanisms that structure everyday consumption and production.

The discussion session takes place as part of the ESA Sociology of Consumption midterm meeting, and will be held on Friday, 28 August at 3:30 pm (CEST).

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