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Learning to Love the Landscapes of Carbon-Neutrality

Selman, Paul (2010) Learning to Love the Landscapes of Carbon-Neutrality. Landscape Research, 35 (2). pp. 157-171. ISSN 0142-6397

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Landscape changes often provoke controversy, and yet may produce outcomes which become accepted and valued after a period of time. This essay proposes that society’s increasingly earnest pursuit of sustainable development will involve landscape changes that attract protest and opposition, and which may prove a barrier to the rapid adjustments necessary to substantially reduce our carbon footprint. It considers this possibility by exploring two aspects. First, it considers the role of ‘drivers’ of change, and suggests that significant loss of traditional landscapes is inevitable, as the drivers that produced them are often becoming obsolete. Energy is likely to be a major driver of new landscapes as society seeks ways of weaning itself off fossil carbon fuels. The effects of this shift will be far-reaching, not only arising from energy production technologies, but also from the ripple effects of the energy ‘life cycle’. Second, reference is made to the notion of the ‘acquired aesthetic’, which might suggest the capacity to develop a taste for emerging landscapes if we endorse their underlying story. The essay therefore raises the possibility that, by emphasising the underlying narrative of ingenuity in rising to the challenge of sustainable development, we can learn to see beauty and attractiveness in emerging landscapes of carbon neutrality.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Landscape Research Group Ltd. Published by Taylor and Francis. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Landscape Research'.
Keywords: Sustainability, Acquired aesthetic , Drivers of change, Cultural landscape, Carbon neutrality
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Landscape (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 09:31
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 22:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426390903560414
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/01426390903560414
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11118

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