The Paradox of “Acting Globally While Thinking Locally”: Discordance in Climate Change Adaption Policy
The Journal of Environment & Development
Climate Change Mitigation -- Public policy
The paradox motivating this article is why California has acted globally by enacting a comprehensive mitigation policy to reduce the emissions of Greenhouse gases, a true public good since the benefits will be shared across the planet, but has not mustered the will to act locally through the adoption of an equally comprehensive adaptation policy for the state to protect its own public and private assets and interests. We attempt to explain the paradox by identifying what it is that differentiates climate change adaptation from mitigation, both substantively and politically. The paradox notwithstanding, we identify several imaginable adaptation policies and strategies that would be commensurate with individual and collective self-interested behavior.
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Mazmanian, D. A., Jurewitz, J., & Nelson, H. T. (2013). The Paradox of “Acting Globally While Thinking Locally” Discordance in Climate Change Adaption Policy. The Journal of Environment & Development, 22(2), 186-206.