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Fuelled by Fire: Ascending the Damning Paradox of Fossil Fuel Energies in our Communities

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dc.contributor.advisor Varghese, Jeji
dc.contributor.author Johnson Steeves Wilson, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-16T14:38:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-16T14:38:01Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-12
dc.date.created 2016-11-23
dc.date.issued 2016-12-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10113
dc.description.abstract Resultant of structural-cultural constructs, fossil fuel energies continue to dominate material life. However, as anthropogenic climate change is afforded increasing legitimacy, communities across North America are beginning to advance mitigation efforts. Accordingly, I seek to shed light on those processes, their challenges, and how to go about navigating such issues, with the intent of expediting such processes for all communities. As such, I examine Guelph’s extensive experience with implementing their Community Energy Initiative, through document review, attending various community meetings, and conducting interviews with key informants. Results show that reducing emissions in communities is much less a technical issue, but rather, primarily socioeconomic in nature, where finances, ideologies, and spurring broad public action are central issues. Accordingly, I advance a three pillar, solution focused framework, consisting of the concepts of enablement, guiding principles, and community engagement. It is hoped that this framework helps communities navigate the rocky road of decarbonisation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject energy en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject planning en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject renewable en_US
dc.title Fuelled by Fire: Ascending the Damning Paradox of Fossil Fuel Energies in our Communities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Sociology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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