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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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Parental Sacrifice as Atonement for Future Climate Change

Parental Sacrifice as Atonement for Future Climate Change

(p.165) 8 Parental Sacrifice as Atonement for Future Climate Change
The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

Sudhir Chella Rajan

The MIT Press

Parental love and self-sacrifice are the two concerns addressed in this chapter. The author explores myth and practice concerning family life and explains that people in diverse cultural contexts, India and United States, are prepared to make the kinds of sacrifice required by climate change. Parental sacrifice across the cultures is considered a basic human value. Combining personal actions and parental sacrifice can potentially avert climate change and play a significant role in altering collective attitudes and behavior to support future generations. However, the timing is important: people need to make sure that they have enough time to make the most effective sacrifices possible.

Keywords:   parental love, self-sacrifice, parental sacrifice, personal actions, future generations

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