IntroductionProfessor Steve Yearley has been invited to serve as an international adviser to the American Sociological Association's (ASA) ‘Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change’ which starts work later this year.
In February 2010, the ASA decided to establish a Task Force to produce a report applying a sociological analysis to the issue of climate change. The Task Force will make a series of public policy recommendations based on that analysis. The Task Force will be chaired by Professor Riley E. Dunlap, Regents Professor of Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Survey Research Oklahoma State University.Commenting on his appointment, Professor Yearley said,
"We cannot meaningfully analyse climate change issues without thinking about their roots in the way that society is organised - the ways we commute, consume and communicate, for example.
"This initiative by the ASA is very timely and all the more important because it stems from the USA , historically the largest contributor to climate changing emissions. I am delighted to have been invited to participate as an adviser to the Task Force and am confident that the Task Force can offer important new insights for responding to these emerging problems."