Beck 's Thesis On Risk Society

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Beck’s thesis on risk society, and the issues regarding deterritorialization, was not new information for the world. After the second world war the United Nations was founded, to help prevent the actions that happened during the war to occur again. As a leading, international organisation, it did not take long before the UN had many UN nations. The United Nations founded in 1972 the United Nations Environmental Programme after a meeting dealing with the Human Environment. UNEP is a good example of a smaller unit that helps several organisations and businesses to create a healthier world (Bookmiller, 2008). On the United Nations Environmental Program website (2015) it is possible to read about their success stories. Over the years UNEP have…show more content…
The Kyoto protocol gave varying results. The EU reduced the amount of greenhouse gasses by 7.3% in 2004 compared to the levels shown in 1990. Three years later the release was reduced to 4.3 %. Because of this the EU did not meet the aim for the Kyoto protocol. In 2007 the EU announced a new strategy for cutting down the gasses, named the 20-20-20 strategy. Their goal was to produce 20% energy from renewable sources before 2020. Their announcement was highly criticised because of the lack of leadership appearance in the climate change convention in Copenhagen 2009. In 2010 the release of gasses went down 15% compared to the 1990 levels, but the contrast was broad between the EU states (McCormick, 2014). Mythen wrote in 2005 a book called ‘A Critical Introduction to the Risk Society’ where he discusses Beck’s risk society thesis. Mythen states that Beck is too focused on the negative aspects of risk and does not explain the positive sides with it. For example how it has made human beings more confident to create positive lifestyle changes. It can be a socially progressive process where the society develops. This can be seen in the technological, medical and economic advancements. Mythen argues about the impression the reader is left with after reading the thesis, an impression he say is of a society that wants to remove all sort of danger to develop. He states that the thesis can not be compared with the western
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