Climate crisis can be solved by putting people at the heart of climate action: researchers


Washington: Tackling the climate crisis can only be done by “putting people at the heart of climate action,” say the researchers, say researchers from the University of Exeter. The research team, led by the University of Exeter, cautioned against relying solely on breakthroughs in climate science and technology. Instead, they say social science can help engage people and societies, and ensure a green transition that is both effective and promotes other goals such as well-being, equity and justice. This article is the first to be published by the new ACCES program (Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science).

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“To achieve our climate goals, we need both profound societal change and continuous technical improvements,” said Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, ACCESS team leader, University of Exeter .

This dual approach can improve people’s quality of life, reduce emissions and ensure thriving economies and ecosystems. If people are at the heart of climate action, then understanding and tackling climate change cannot be done by engineers or natural scientists alone. All disciplines must work together – including a range of social sciences, including political science, sociology, geography and psychology – to find solutions to achieve broader societal goals.

Professor Devine-Wright, from Exeter’s Department of Geography and the Global Systems Institute, was one of the lead authors of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III report.

This was part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Round and, for the first time, the latest report included a chapter dedicated to the demand and social aspects of mitigation, as well as a cross-cutting analysis on equity and development. sustainable.

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Professor Devine-Wright said that this progress should now continue, with the aim of developing a more visible, responsive and interdisciplinary social science that engages with people and is valued in its diversity by decision makers in government, the industry, civil society and law. .

The article concludes: “Since all climate solutions will involve people in some way, social science has a vital role to play.”

Published in the journal PLOS CLIMATE, the article is entitled: “Placing people at the heart of climate action”.

ACCESS is a new five-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council that aims to provide leadership on the contribution of the social sciences to addressing and solving a range of environmental problems. It will build the leadership capacity of a new cohort of early-career researchers and work with stakeholders to ensure that social science evidence informs decision-making.

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