The risks that climate change poses for the environment and for development are well-documented, yet it has been difficult to build a consensus on measures to reduce global threats to ecological security. How can communities, NGOs, and policy-makers representing less powerful nations overcome objections to measures that aim to mitigate the global threat to environment and development? In climate change negotiations, vulnerable communities and disadvantaged groups meet around the same table as more powerful interests. Using systems theory, this article analyses the ways in which low-power groups can transform disadvantageous power relations to overcome threats to sustainable development.
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