Rethinking the ethical challenge in climate change lobbying : a discussion of ideological denial 1
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AbstractThere is a large consensus among critical investigators and scholars that climate change denial is mostly an ideological battle. This chapter argues that, in spite of the opposing stances adopted by climate change advocates and denialists, they all share what the author calls a major ideological denial, the refusal to accept that some ideas are systematically kept out of the discussion. This chapter elaborates on how this ideological denial feeds the messages and discourses of interest groups. It first looks at what climate change denial is by examining the different conceptual approaches used to scrutinize this massive public relations campaign. Then it summarizes alternatives for addressing the issue advocated by defenders of the anthropogenic-roots of climate change; that is, the main solutions lobbied by climate advocates. Finally, it introduces these underdiscussed ideas, which are not new but reflect a sort of historical taboo and are directly related to the human-supremacist lens that permeates the arguments of both climate change denialists and advocates. They are the taboo subjects of human overpopulation, the human diet, and the human technology myth.
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