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Faith-Based Organisations as Agents in Climate Politics. Why and how are Christian Organisations in Europe Implementing the Instrument of Carbon Offsetting?

Militz, Saskia Isabel (2014) Faith-Based Organisations as Agents in Climate Politics. Why and how are Christian Organisations in Europe Implementing the Instrument of Carbon Offsetting?

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Abstract:The approaches of Churches and ecclesiastical organisations regarding climate change in Europe issues are multifaceted. Foremost, the actions adress the members, supporters and “inter”-Church institutions with awareness campaigns and educational work. However, there are Churches and ecclesiastical organisations which develop and adopt concrete already existing measures to combat climate change and its consequences, for example the instrument of carbon offsetting and the participation in the compliance and the voluntary carbon market. But what motivates Christian organisations to do so? What external and internal factors are influencing the development of a market-based instrument such as carbon offsetting as their measure to combat climate change? With the theoretical foundation of environmental ethics and institutional theory, the following research questions are tried to be explained: 1. How do internal and external factors influence European Christian organisations in their approaches to carbon offsetting? 2. How are they addressing the difficulties encountered in this mechanism? To determine if the theoretical framework applies to the case of the selected Christian organisations, the content of six expert interviews that provide insight into the question why and how European Christian Organisations are implementing the instrument of carbon offsetting is analysed with the help of a Qualitative Content Analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66001
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