Admitting uncertainty, transforming engagement: towards caring practices for sustainability beyond climate change

Arora, Saurabh (2019) Admitting uncertainty, transforming engagement: towards caring practices for sustainability beyond climate change. Regional Environmental Change, 19. pp. 1571-1584. ISSN 1436-3798

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Abstract

Transformations to sustainability for addressing climate change are now more urgent than ever. This paper argues that such transformations are firstly required in modernist practices that militate against sustainability due to their constitution by the fallacy of human control. The latter points to the conceit of suppressing uncertainties in knowledge, commandeering agency from ‘above’, standardising governance, harming marginalised ecologies and disqualifying practices inferiorised as ‘primitive’, ‘irrational’ or ‘vernacular’. Undoing the fallacy of control, by admitting uncertainties, modernist practices may become caring through transformative engagement with others. I propose four aspects of such transformative engagement: (a) egalitarian commitment to distributing epistemological privilege; (b) ontological sensitivity, by taking seriously the relational bases of others’ knowing; (c) learning for divergence from others; and (d) affinity in alterity across widening divergence. These aspects are proposed not as fully formed principles, but rather as questions to be reworked in ongoing encounters and struggles for sustainability and climate justice. The aim is to nurture other-than-modern understandings of climate challenges

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 10:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/93307

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