You have probably already heard a discourse of climate delay. Perhaps it came from a friend, a colleague, someone famous or someone powerful. This person did not deny that climate change is a problem, or even that it’s a serious problem. Nonetheless, they gave you the impression that solving climate change is not our job, that it will not require substantial changes, that it is too expensive, or that it is pointless to try. In our new research, published in the journal Global Sustainability, we set out to gather these types of arguments, which we call “discourses of climate delay”. Just as scientists and volunteers have compiled lists of climate-sceptic talking points, we wanted to categorise delay discourses – statements that exploit discussions on how we should reduce emissions, with the purpose, or effect, of limiting action on climate change.
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