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The stories we tell about climate change

This chapter shows how the two degree limit symbol homogenizes the physical world, how people experience the world, their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and the responses that constitute solving climate change. Narrative homogenization is ideological in the problematic sense because it serves the interests of elite actors. The two degree symbol serves a particularly important function in the ecological modernization ideology in imagining a single limit for the whole world, it sustains and extends the globalization agenda. The ideological stories emerge out of elite organizations that are intended to shape the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of the recipients. The role of ideology is to naturalize a political decision, and it seems quite natural to think in terms of a maximum rise in the average global temperature. Narrative rationality refers to the way people interpret and evaluate new stories against older stories acquired through people's experience.