Too Hot to Handle: The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change

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Too Hot to Handle: The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change by Rebecca Willis.

Published just as lockdown began, Professor Rebecca Willis’s book is about the climate crisis and democracy. As she wrote at its very low key launch: “Fundamentally, it’s about the relationship between state and citizen. And this is what’s foremost in my mind right now: what should we, as citizens, expect of the state? Above all, surely we want the state to keep us safe from crises, be they immediate, acute and obvious, like COVID-19; or slow to develop, but nonetheless threatening, like climate change. And what, in turn, should the state expect from citizens? Unquestioning obedience and trust in authority, or an openness to dialogue between politicians, experts, and people, a partnership in which both sides trust the other?”

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