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Rethinking transformation to face climate change. Insights an energy grassroots experience

AuthorsPellicer Sifres, Victoria; Belda Miquel, Sergio; Boni Aristizábal, Alejandra
Issue Date2016
Citation4S/EASST Conference (2016)
AbstractDespite climate change (CC) is one of the greatest challenges our planet lives, many authors suggest that efforts made so far to address it don't seem to have been successful due to how CC is being perceived, interrogated and narrated from mainstream approaches. Considering this, we stand up for an alternative and complementary approach to CC, based on the idea that there exist grassroots initiatives which are articulating alternative actions and strategies to confront CC. In order to build our framework, the paper develops original connections among ideas coming from three different fields: 1) in the field of innovation studies, grassroots innovation refers to networks of people and collectives that generate new bottom-up solutions for sustainable development. This approach is based on socio-technical transitions literature, and offers a multi-level and multidimensional approach to transform our socio-technical system, connecting macro, meso and microprocesses. 2) Human development approach, which helps us to build a framework based on people's aspirations, agency and normative values (equity, diversity, sustainability, participation, empowerment). 3) Learning in social action, connected with creation of knowledge based on ethical values and global citizenship. In this paper we analyze the case of Som Energia, a national-scale green energy cooperative (Spain), which has contribute to a transformation on the governance of energy, promoting a democratic and responsible culture of energy consumption. The field work will allow us to test the relevance of the framework, and evidence that grassroots initiatives connected with human development are more likely to produce transformation to combat CC.
DescriptionResumen del trabajo presentado a la Conferencia de la Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) y la European Association for Science and Technology Studies (EASST), celebrada en Barcelona (España) del 31 de agosto al 3 de septiembre de 2016 con el lema: "Science & technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces and futures".
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/161940
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