"Climate change is the least of my worries":Stress limitations on adaptive capacity

Fleming, Aysha, Dowd, Anne-Maree, Gaillard, Estelle, Park, Sarah and Howden, Mark (2015) "Climate change is the least of my worries":Stress limitations on adaptive capacity. Rural Society, 24 (1). pp. 24-41. ISSN 1037-1656

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Abstract

The wine industry in southern Australia faces potential threats from climate change. This article examines how grape growers in this region perceive and prioritize climate change adaptation as an issue for their industry. Analysis of a survey of 50 growers reveals themes contributing to stress and worry overshadow planning for climate change. Growers are constrained by current economic, social and environmental stresses, not climate change. We relate these findings and the literature on stress to the adaptive capacity and general wellbeing of individual farmers. Projected future climate change means stress in the farming community is likely to worsen and practitioners working with farmers need to recognize the complex causes of stress, in addition to the practical need to facilitate climate change adaptation. A useful approach is to understand both the types and causes of stress, and the way individuals cope.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: australian wine industry,climate change adaptation,coping,rural stress,rural sustainability
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 02:39
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 02:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/62178
DOI: 10.1080/10371656.2014.1001481

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