In recent years, considerable efforts have been devoted to exploring and understanding how people attribute meaning to and engage with climate change. Although the relevance of society in regional mitigation and adaptation to climate change is now recognised, it is still not clear how local places and social climate change meanings inform each other. Taking this gap in research as a starting point, we investigate people's 'emplaced' climate meanings with the approach of psychological distances (geographical, temporal and social). Using a grounded method and 36 semi-structured interviews with inhabitants of North Frisia (Germany)-a region that has always been profoundly affected by environmental change-we disentangle the different distances and proximities that permeate and create local climate change meanings. Overall, we demonstrate (1) the dynamic nature of psychological distances and proximities producing climate change meanings and we reveal (2) the importance of a place-based approach for analysing the abstract entity of climate change. 1. Situated climate change In recent years, increasing academic and political attention has been devoted to the socio-cultural engagement with climate change. The role of individuals in actively tackling and mitigating climate change has gradually been acknowledged, albeit possibly belatedly (Moser and Boykoff, 2013): it is now evident that ignoring the local knowledge and understanding of climate change might contribute to the failure of mitigation and adaptation strategies (Adger et al., 2013). However, the structural drivers of individual climate change meanings and engagements with them are still unclear and are often overlooked in favour of a scientifically driven and evidence-based climate communication neglecting the socio-cultural dimensions of climate change. In order to better understand how people make sense of climate change and engage with it, it is crucial to grasp the socio-geographical embeddedness of climate change (Amundsen, 2015). Such an approach can shed light on the inconsistency between the way climate change is framed in scientific , media and policy discourses, and the way people perceive it on the ground. Furthermore, while climate change is framed as intangible, global, and unlimited in time, people compare and interpret it by making use of familiar and localised knowledge(s), experiences and regional histories (Wibeck, 2012; Döring and Ratter, 2018; Moscovici, 1984). Arguably, the topic of climate change has inherent characteristics that make it challenging to be perceived and acted upon in a straightforward way. In fact, causes of climate change can be found both in the past and in the present while its consequences will be felt (also) in the future. Its sources and its impacts are spread globally and across society and the responsibilities of addressing it can be attributed to the individual as well as to the community or to an external institutional entity. Moreover, a high degree of uncertainty permeates the narrative of what, when and where the effects of climate change will materialise. Considering these altering aspects and dimensions, a crucial scientific task consists in understanding how people navigate through this complexity and how climate change meanings are developed. In particular, the question consists in understanding where, when and how people locate climate change, and who is thought to be affected by it. The challenge is thus to structurally disentangle aspects such as the temporal , social and geographical dimensions that reside in the framings of climate change with the aim to unravel and better understand the complexity of climate change meanings. In our empirical work, we take up this challenge and analyse how local and global, past, future and present, and social and individual dimensions of climate change interact in people's framings of climate change: we hence focus on analysing the polyscalar nature of climate change meanings. To do so, we theoretically draw on the concept of psychological distance as outlined in Construal Level Theory (CLT). This theory provides a conceptual umbrella that holds the potential to https://doi.