Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Marco Grasso
Chapter 5: The environmental determinants of human security in the context of climate change
Despite their apparently different emphases, these definitions of human security integrate concerns with both the ability to meet short term needs and rights, and longer term capacities and fulfilment. Put differently, human security is about realizing – and having the capacity to realize –one’s potential as an individual and as part of a wider community. This requires the exercise of human agency within broadly enabling societal and environmental contexts for the control of vulnerability and promotion of sustainability (of which the resilience of appropriate elements is one dimension). In keeping with the objectives of this handbook, this chapter focuses on environmental dimensions as one particularly important aspect of those broader human security contexts in relation to the growing challenges of climate change. For this purpose, the broader term environmental change (EC) is actually more appropriate than simply climate change (CC).
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