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A people-centred approach is needed to meet net zero goals

Verfuerth, Caroline ORCID:, Demski, Christina, Capstick, Stuart ORCID:, Whitmarsh, Lorraine ORCID: and Poortinga, Wouter ORCID: 2023. A people-centred approach is needed to meet net zero goals. Journal of the British Academy 11 (S4) , pp. 97-124. 10.5871/jba/011s4.097

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Abstract: To meet net zero goals, more drastic action is needed than is acknowledged by most policymakers, posing a major social challenge that will impact many aspects of people’s lives. This paper emphasises the importance of a people-centred approach for policy makers to achieve net zero effectively and rapidly while being alert to citizens’ needs and concerns. We advocate a comprehensive and inclusive public engagement strategy, discussing insights on four key questions to guide policymakers in developing successful engagement strategies. (1) How do climate-friendly social transformations happen?, (2) How can behavioural change for net zero be supported? (3) How can people be involved in decision-making on net zero?, and (4) How does climate change intersect with other societal challenges? We conclude with clear policy recommendations: government leadership at all levels (national, devolved, local), underpinned by a public engagement strategy for net zero, is needed in addition to fair and consistent policies that are transparent about the scale of action needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: British Academy
ISSN: 2052-7217
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 October 2023
Date of Acceptance: 1 August 2023
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 12:02

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