Disrupting polarized discourses: Can we get out of the ruts of environmental conflicts?

Chloe Lucas, Russell Warman
  • Environment and Planning C Politics and Space, May 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/2399654418772843

Dealing with conflict about the environment

What is it about?

We found that the stories that people share about one environmental conflict can affect their attitudes to other, unrelated environmental conflicts. We suggest that grass-roots level negotiation about what is at risk, rather than scientific or political processes, can help to alleviate these conflicts. The example of the Tasmanian forestry negotiations is used to show how this can work.

Why is it important?

Environmental issues such as climate change are becoming increasingly divisive in society. This makes it difficult to generate support for political decisions leading to meaningful action. Our paper looks at how these kind of environmental conflicts might be resolved.


Chloe H Lucas
University of Tasmania

Writing this article was formative in my thinking about how people form their opinions about issues in society.

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