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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Communicating Climate Change and Motivating Civic Action: Renewing, Activating, and Building Democracies

Communicating Climate Change and Motivating Civic Action: Renewing, Activating, and Building Democracies

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(p.283) 14 Communicating Climate Change and Motivating Civic Action: Renewing, Activating, and Building Democracies
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Susanne C. Moser

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0014

This chapter explores civic mobilization around climate change in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in association with climate governance efforts in the public and private sectors from local to international degrees. It focuses on how greater civic involvement on climate change can be developed. The chapter suggests that civil society can play at least two important roles in climate change governance: First, it can enact behavioral changes, in accordance to the required reduction and adaptation strategies; and second, it can mobilize to push for policy changes at any level of government. It also goes to examine and compare different public opinions about climate change across North America, showing that deeper civic involvement has not yet been achieved in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Keywords:   climate change, civic mobilization, United States, Canada, Mexico

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