In our critical reflexion on typical causes for delaying, downgrading, or rejecting climate change action, we explore “Individualism”, which falls under the category of redirect responsibilities.
Changing one’s own behaviour is very right and important. Nevertheless, we can’t rely on everyone joining in of their own accord and sometimes actions we deem as “climate friendly” might actually not be as environmentally conscious as you think.
For a successful transformation towards a fossil free future the actions of individuals are not enough as prevailing conditions, such as availability of public transport, climate-consciously produced goods to buy etc. hinder the realisation of a low emission lifestyle. Furthermore, the global emissions are not only related to individuals, but very much to the global economy. Therefore, making individuals responsible instead of the whole system is a clear form of redirecting responsibilities.
Thus, regulations such as the Climate Protection Act, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive or the EU-Taxonomy play crucial roles in enhancing the transformation by clearly setting standards with respect to climate mitigation and adaptation actions.
Within KNOWING climate mitigation pathways for specific regions will be depicted to enable regions and states to implement specific measures and related guidelines for the sustainable transformation towards climate neutrality and support citizens in successfully changing to low emission lifestyles.