Integrating The Technical And Human Dimensions Of Climate Change: Communication, Culture, Conflict And Collaboration | 55531
ISSN: 2157-7617

Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change
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Integrating the technical and human dimensions of climate change: Communication, culture, conflict and collaboration

World Conference on Climate Change

Gregg B Walker

Oregon State University, USA

ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Earth Sci Clim Change

DOI: 10.4172/2157-7617.C1.027

Climate policies, such as those featured in the Paris Agreement, are grounded in the arenas of scientific and technical information. The reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasize, understandably, scientific and technical aspects of climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) includes a negotiating group, the subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) that, as its name states, addresses science and technology. Climate science serves as the primary driver for climate policy; but climate policy becomes meaningful through climate practice. Consequently, climate science and climate practice together provide the essential foundation for efficacious climate policy. And the practices of climate change – the enactment of policies related to all aspects of climate change (e.g., mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity building) rely on human dimensions. The IPCC and UNFCCC have focused on scientific and technical aspects of climate change, but as climate policy turns to implementation, human dimensions become increasingly important. This paper focuses on four human dimensions “Cs” of climate change factors that are critical to enacting sound climate policy in practice. The four factors communication, culture, conflict and collaboration should be addressed substantially for climate practice to achieve climate policy goals. The paper discussed these four “Cs” and illustrates their importance through an analysis of one mitigation-related area – REDD+ and one adaptation-related area – loss and damage. The essay contends that for climate policies to be effective in practice, the scientific/technical and human dimensions need attention and integration.

Gregg B Walker is a faculty member in the communication, environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences and public policy programs at Oregon State University. He teaches courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation and environmental conflict resolution and science communication. He conducts conflict management training programs, designs and facilitates public participation processes about environmental policy issues and researches community-level collaboration efforts. He works with the National Collaboration Cadre of the US Forest Service and the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. He leads climate change project teams for Mediators beyond Borders and the International Environmental Communication Association and has attended the last seven COPs.

Email: [email protected]

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