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Community resilience for a 1.5 °C world

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  • Ioan Fazey
  • Esther Carmen
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
  • Helen Ross
  • Jennifer Rao-Williams
  • Christopher Lyon
  • Irena Connon
  • Beverley Searle
  • K. Knox


Publication details

JournalCurrent opinion in environmental sustainability
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Dec 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 16 Dec 2017
DatePublished (current) - Apr 2018
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)30-40
Early online date16/12/17
Original languageEnglish


Ten essentials are presented for community resilience initiatives in the context of achieving a 1.5 °C world: enhance adaptability; take account of shocks and stresses; work horizontally across issues; work vertically across social scales; aggressively reduce carbon emissions; build narratives about climate change; engage directly with futures; focus on climate disadvantage; focus on processes and pathways; and encourage transformations for resilience. Together the essentials highlight that resilience initiatives seeking to retain the status quo will be detrimental when they enable societies to cling to unsustainable activities. Instead, climate resilience initiatives need to be viewed more as a process of transformative social change, where learning, power, inequities and relationships matter. Finally, there is an urgent need for researchers to shift focus away from examining the nature of resilience to accelerating learning about fostering resilience in practice.

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank two anonymous reviewers who provided valuable comments on the manuscript. This work was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation , UK and the Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

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