Society is facing unprecedented challenges on a global scale. Humans’ capability – predominantly in poorer countries – to adapt to changing climate and environmental conditions is very likely to be drastically diminished, leading to severe economic and social suffering.
To mitigate this, international as well as local cooperation is pivotal to transform the waywe produce energy, move, consume, and shape the local and global economy. While profound transformations of society have historically taken place over centuries, the time frame to protect the natural world and global climate is limited to the next two decades. Thus, change must happen quickly.
However, this transformation should not override democratic principles and societal legitimation due to its pressing imperative.