From Reimagination to Action: Incentivizing Change

Passarelli, David and Day, Adam (2022). From Reimagination to Action: Incentivizing Change. Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship. UN University and UN Environment Programme.

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    Author Passarelli, David
    Day, Adam
    Title From Reimagination to Action: Incentivizing Change
    Series Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship
    Publication Date 2022-05-25
    Place of Publication New York and Geneva
    Publisher UN University and UN Environment Programme
    Pages 18
    Language eng
    Abstract Building on the perspectives of the authors in this collection, we address the question of how to generate political will at the global and local levels, how to catalyse the kind of shift that could eventually reverse climate change trends and move us towards a state of equilibrium with the planet. To do this, we argue, we must re-evaluate what kinds of processes and approaches tend to generate behavioural changes among individuals, communities, and our increasingly networked global society. Specifically, we examine the current framework of penalties and restrictions that dominates today’s climate response, asking whether a system of rewards might generate a more effective, globally scaled response. Drawing from advances in behavioural science, we argue that the Stockholm+50 conference and its follow-up should help to develop a “choice architecture” that offers clear rewards and incentives in three areas: (1) unlocking data monopolies around climate science; (2) strengthening accountability via networked forms of governance; and (3) building momentum against climate apathy. Such an architecture stands a much better chance of triggering the kind of radical changes in global behaviour and decision-making proposed by the other authors in this project.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CLIMATE CHANGE
    ENVIRONMENT
    BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES
    INCENTIVES
    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
    MULTILATERALISM
    ACCOUNTABILITY
    DATA COLLECTION
    CLIMATE
    Keyword Stockholm+50
    Stockholm Convention
    Climate Action
    United Nations
    Paris Agreement
    Data monopolies
    Marginalized groups
    Global responses
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
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