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Illuminating the Effects of Climate Change as a Social Problem

The biggest problem facing humanity isn't just a scientific or environmental issue, it is a social problem as well. That social problem is climate change.
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Although much of the conversation surrounding climate change is about the science of the problem, we must also address the anthropogenic causes of climate change and the reasons why climate change is a social justice issue. Looking specifically at rising sea levels, we can use New York City as an example of the effects of and some responses to climate change. We need to open the discussion to include how sociologists can and should draw deeply on the discipline’s theoretical roots, empirical tools, and pedagogical skills to illuminate climate change as a social problem. sociology and climate change.

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