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Cast Out Fear: Secularism (In)Security, and the Politics of Climate Change

Wilson, Erin K.; Berry, Evan

Threat. Alarm. Danger. Crisis. These are the words that characterize the way global political leaders and the media speak about climate change. There is a prevailing sense of “clear and present danger” in high-level conversations about climate change and of the need for urgent action to prevent imminent disaster. We should be concerned about climate change; we should be worried about it. Fear is the overriding emotion.

Where does this fear come from?