Wicked Problems and Thorny Solutions

Authors: E. Melanie DuPuis*, Pace University, E. Melanie DuPuis, Pace University
Topics: Environment, Food Systems, Sustainability Science
Keywords: climate change, wicked problems, meat, coastal resilience,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Denver, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Majestic Level
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Controversies over climate change have devolved from fact-fights over the science to fact-fights over solutions. This paper will explore two particularly wicked case studies and the proposed thorny solutions: (1) meat: is the solution to reduce meat consumption or to transition livestock production from CAFOs to regenerative grazing? Is it "The Cow Not the How?" or is it "The How Not the Cow?" (2) sea level rise: is the solution to coastal resilience building protective infrastructure or managing retreat? This paper will explore the ways knowledge is being produced to consider these solutions and how this knowledge does or does not lead to greater clarity for policy choices, in order to explore its thorniness and, possibly, its unsolutionability.

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