Environmental Issues in Political Discourse in Britain and by Gilles Leydier, Alexia Martin

By Gilles Leydier, Alexia Martin

This booklet examines the political reaction to present environmental issues within the context of the British Isles. How have the problems been assimilated by way of political events? which of them were given precedence? who're the most actors and what's the function of ecologists? solutions to questions reminiscent of those are supplied during this collective paintings, not just via invaluable insights into the theories and ideas present in political ecology, but additionally with particular exam of current political debates, reminiscent of the Liberal Democrats' stance, the query of nuclear strength or the salient factor of weather switch. A ordinary subject is the hyperlink among panorama and id, explored within the contexts of Welsh, Scottish and Irish nationalisms. whereas this quantity unearths a few circumstances of actual dedication and potent motion, it additionally highlights discrepancies among statements of rationale at the one hand and applied guidelines at the different. The authors' target is to advertise discussion between politicians, specialists and teachers within the box of environmental matters, political and social sciences, linguistics and discourse.

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It's all very well, but there are certain circumstances – a war is a typical example – where you can't do that. 7 Global scales call for radical solutions which do not seem capable of emerging from intergovernmental negotiation. This excludes the democratic political process as we know it, but also the market and consumer choice which encourages the poorest to aspire to same polluting lifestyle as the richest. The global awareness of environmental issues which arise inter alia from the Gaia hypothesis does not fit with the national or local scales of decision making and action; contradicts environmentalist approaches focused on local and participatory solutions made possible by smaller scales.

The corpus has been selected to be representative of large UK organisations. It was important to choose documents sharing the same generic features because according to the genre you communicate with, you will not use intertextuality in the same way. The Corporate Responsibility Report is a genre that is published by more and more UK large organisations and that plays an important role in the environmental field. An advantage of studying this genre is that most large companies in the UK publish a report of this type every year6.

The Earth can no longer be perceived as an object, even if we know that it cannot be considered as a fully fledged organism. The limits of its personification nevertheless oblige us to question ourselves on the past and present constructions of the environment. We know that Gaia is a metaphor and that it cannot constitute a totalising truth, and so we have to further question ourselves on how we understand the environment and our relation to it. The use of this metaphor is a way of engaging us in a moral questioning about the nature of our relationship to the environment, which cannot simply be ignored as a mere inanimate object.

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