The Climate and the Crisis of Conception

By John Esposito.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The climate of the earth is currently in a state of rapid and unprecedented transformation. Efforts to alert political leaders and educate the general public about humanity’s role in climatic instability have manifested in a series of international conferences, commissions, and reports, most notably the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. Despite widespread global support for more sustainable policies and practices, the latest data indicate that little progress is being made; rather, the earth and its inhabitants are entering a period wherein the historical cycles of the climate system are apparently set to unravel. The focus of this inquiry is a critical analysis of the core concepts concerning this issue; the results of which indicate that its underlying causes are neither exclusively political nor pedagogical but rooted in a pervasive anthropocentrism. This becomes evident when contrasted with an ecocentric perspective that not only serves as a necessary corrective to the hegemonic influence of modernist thought, but also allows for an alternate discursive framework to emerge.

Keywords: Anthropocentrism, Climate Change, Eco-criticism, Kyoto Protocol, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 236.756KB).

Dr. John Esposito

Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan

Dr. John Esposito is Professor of English in the School of International Liberal Studies at Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan, where he teaches courses in the Mass Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Discourse Analysis. His research interests include the linguistic and semiotic representation of nature in mass media texts; the relationship between cultural practices and ecological principles; and the role of systems thinking in international education reform. In addition to writing a series of English language textbooks, he has published articles on contrastive rhetoric, critical pedagogy, the Japanese education system, cultural theory, and sustainable development. His most recent book is The Influence of Globalization on Ecological Literacy in Japan (University Press of America, 2006).

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