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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice$
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Michael Maniates and John M. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.001.0001

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Must We Sacrifice?

Must We Sacrifice?

Confronting the Politics of Sacrifice in an Ecologically Full World

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(p.1) 1 Must We Sacrifice?
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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice
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John M. Meyer

Michael Maniates

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.003.0007

Wealthy consumer societies, through radical reductions of carbon emissions, can avert climate change and avoid its worst risks, but this is something that often leads to a debate on the issue of sacrifice. Growing consumerism puts pressure on the environment and creates many environmental challenges that need to be addressed appropriately. Wealthy consumer societies will never compromise over their consumption level and lifestyle and will not sacrifice willingly to protect the environment and thwart climate change. The chapter discusses the different dimensions of sacrifice in environmental politics and sheds light on various convictions surrounding sacrifice.

Keywords:   consumer societies, carbon emissions, climate change, sacrifice, environmental politics

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