The existence of the experimental method makes us think
we have the means of solving the problems which trouble us,
though problem and method pass one another by.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
Debates about the nature of climate change often
swing back and forth between what we should do
about it and why the public should (and doesn’t) care
(enough) about it. For many, these debates have cen-
tered on the stability or certainty of the scientific facts
bound up in the term climate change. This book takes
a different approach. It attends to these debates not
only as struggles over complex and evolving “matters
of fact” but also as debates about meaning, ethics, and
morality. Considering climate change as a form of life,
this book investigates vernaculars through which we
understand and articulate our worlds and the nuanced
and pluralistic understandings of climate change evi-
dent in diverse efforts of advocacy and near- advocacy.
Climate change offers an opportunity to look more
deeply at how it is that issues and problems that be-
gin in a scientific context come to matter for wide pub-
lics and to rethink emerging multifaceted interactions
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