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Reflections on the state of climage change policy : from COP21 to cities

  • The Ernst Strüngmann Forum seeks to link justice, sustainability, and diversity agendas. In support, this chapter discusses how linkages between these three concepts have formed and changed in the climate change discourse, particularly in light of the recent Paris Agreement. As the latest addition to the portfolio of international climate change agreements, the Paris Agreement establishes a landscape in which nation-states, subnational actors, and transnational networks will be able to reconfigure existing linkages between sustainability, diversity, and justice, and perhaps improve upon them. Here, three possible developments are identified which may substantially influence the reconfiguration process. Recognition is given to theThe Ernst Strüngmann Forum seeks to link justice, sustainability, and diversity agendas. In support, this chapter discusses how linkages between these three concepts have formed and changed in the climate change discourse, particularly in light of the recent Paris Agreement. As the latest addition to the portfolio of international climate change agreements, the Paris Agreement establishes a landscape in which nation-states, subnational actors, and transnational networks will be able to reconfigure existing linkages between sustainability, diversity, and justice, and perhaps improve upon them. Here, three possible developments are identified which may substantially influence the reconfiguration process. Recognition is given to the sustainability and justice deficits that have plagued the "top-down" character of the international climate change discourse, and it is hypothesized that the Paris Agreement opens the door for "bottom-up" movements to claim a larger segment of climate change policy decision making and design. In turn, the "polycentric" landscape created by such "movement from below" appears to emphasize concepts such as inclusivity and transparency perhaps allowing for explicit climate justice commitments. Finally, to advance societal transformation and embrace diversity, it is hypothesized that the scientific endeavor needs to be transformed from a purely analytical pursuit to an effort that makes use of the wide range of scientific competences and provides support for transformative innovations to change unsustainable sociotechnical systems.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Part of a Book
Author:Manfred Fischedick, John Byrne, Lukas Hermwille, Job Taminiau, Hans-Jochen Luhmann, Franziska Stelzer, Daniel Vallentin
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-71701
Editor:Lele Sharachchandra
Publisher:MIT Press
Place of Publication:Cambridge, Mass.
Year of Publication:2018
Language:English
Source Title (English):Rethinking environmentalism : linking justice, sustainability, and diversity
First Page:183
Last Page:203
Release Date:2018/10/31
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Mobilitätsstrukturen
Energie-, Verkehrs- und Klimapolitik
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt