All posts filed under: Vol. 4: Changing Climate

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“Microplastic and greenhouse gases know no national borders”

We love fictional catastrophes, but what happens when the catastrophe becomes reality without us realising it? Speaking to 42 Magazine, Prof. Dr Eva Horn of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Vienna explains why we fail to acknowledge climate change even though humans have been actively altering our climate for millennia. In order to respond to this ecological crisis, Eva Horn is re-examining democratic processes and calling for alternative models of collective decision-making.


“There are reasons that people don’t buy electric cars”

Anyone who is interested in stopping climate change will inevitably encounter the following questions: “What are governments doing to stop climate change?” and “What is really needed to achieve a change in climate policy?” In conversation with 42 Magazine, Prof. Dr. Anthony Patt explains why governments have to act, instead of asking individuals to change their consuming behavior.

„We need to forget about the idea that knowledge requires one hundred percent certainty“

The facts are clear: the earth is heating up. Scientific consensus tells us: We are responsible for it. Though some people are still not convinced, nor – it seems – want to be convinced. Why is that? Professor of Philosophy N. Ángel Pinillos talks to 42 Magazine about the theory behind the doubt. About what it means to know something and whether or not it is justified to doubt scientists. He also proposes a strategy for dealing with sceptics on a day to day basis. 

“Ultimately, it is better when people are selfishly motivated to act sustainably than not at all”

The consequences of climate change are well known, yet many people find it difficult to change their behaviour. One of the challenges is that the necessary global improvement of the climatic situation often entails direct costs for the individual. The psychologist Dr Judith Tonner explains how sustainable behaviour can be promoted with the help of psychotherapeutic methods.

“If we, the global community, want to achieve something, everybody should contribute”

What is the present and future role of developing countries regarding climate protection? Dr. Maximiliane Sievert explains the importance of sustainable energy access for the climate and for development. By using the example of resource-friendly cookers, she shows that development and climate protection are not mutually exclusive.

“We are bound to make more mistakes in climate politics”

AfD, Ukip or FPÖ: right-wing populist parties stand out because of their statements regarding the reality of climate change. Is there an overall pattern? In a recent study, Alexander Carius and Stella Schaller have researched the attitudes of the European Right on matters of climate change. They talk about the motives and arguments of these parties in an interview with 42 Magazine – and highlight how the protection of climate needs to change so as not to provide them with further ammunition.

“One of the best things we can do right now is to think”

The principles of climate change have been known for a long time, but little has happened with regard to reducing carbon emissions. Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of the book Climate Leviathan, offer a radical way of rethinking the political and economic consequences of our overheated world. Does capitalism need to be confronted if we’re going to produce a just response to climate change? In conversation with 42 Magazine, they argue that climate change will change the world’s political economy and the political agreements that we often take for granted.