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Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis

Wisdom and Action in the Long Emergency

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  • Explores how we can remain hopeful and courageous in the face of the climate emergency
  • Provides a provocative and inspiring guide to navigate a harsh and challenging physical and emotional landscape
  • Draws on knowledge and traditions from a diverse range of cultural traditions and perspectives

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As the risks of the climate crisis continue to grow, so too do the challenges of facing a harsh climate future with honesty and courage; justice and compassion; meaning and purpose. 

Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis explores diverse sources of learning and wisdom –from climate scientists and activists; philosophers and social theorists; Indigenous cultures and ways of life; faith based and spiritual traditions; artists and writers –which can help us live courageous, compassionate and creative lives in a world of rapidly accelerating climatic and ecological risk.

Accelerating the transition to a just and resilient zero-carbon society will require visionary leadership and courageous collective action. Awareness that rapid action might still be insufficient to prevent severe and irreversible social and ecological damage is however a source of deep concern for many people passionately committed to decisive climate action. 

Drawing on broad experience as a climate activist, researcher and policy maker John Wiseman provides a wide ranging, accessible and provocative guided tour of ideas which can inspire and sustain radical hope and defiant courage in the long emergency which now lies before us.

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"A vitally important book." 

(Prof Tim Flannery, author of Here on Earth (2010))

“This valuable book will help you gain the courage needed to continue the fight against climate change and its increasing impacts. Even as a climate expert I learnt many important lessons from these multiple philosophical and religious perspectives.”

(Prof David Karoly, climate scientist, University of Melbourne, Australia)

“Hope and Courage in the Climate crisis: Wisdom and Action in the Long Emergency is a must read for anyone coming to terms with the climate crisis that the scientists tell us we cannot avoid in the coming decades. Uncompromisingly honest yet always compassionate to the human condition, Wiseman offers not simple solutions, but an enriching discourse grounded in history, philosophy and the great spiritual traditions. Grounded in optimism, Wiseman’s well referenced book draws together contemporary literature and societal movements to provide a bird’s eye view of the intersection of climate science and the most urgent need for societal transformation. This generous book is leading the way forward, beyond the existing apocalyptic climate change literature, to offer hope and tangible solutions underpinned by a faith in humanity’s interminable capacity for restoration.”

(Assistant Prof Grant Blashki, Lead Clinical Adviser, Beyond Blue and Associate Professor in Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

    John Wiseman

About the author

John Wiseman is a research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research and policy work focuses on strategies for restoring a safe climate and accelerating the transition to a just and resilient zero-carbon society.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis

  • Book Subtitle: Wisdom and Action in the Long Emergency

  • Authors: John Wiseman

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-70742-2Published: 07 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-70743-9Published: 16 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 278

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Environmental Policy, Sociology, general, Environmental Geography, Climate, general, Geography, general

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