Responsibility for radical change in addressing climate change

Published on
April 8, 2015


Des Bouvrie, N., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. & Jollands, N. (2015). Responsibility for radical change in addressing climate change. Carbon Management (ONLINE FIRST).


To radically address the problem of climate change, it is not enough to modify specific attitudes and behaviors while upholding the present paradigms. This article aims to show why modifications will never bring about radical carbon emission reductions. We discuss what it implies to desire radical change, using contemporary philosophy as a method. We argue that a key requirement to achieve radical emission reductions is that we as human beings adopt responsibility that brings with it a continuous commitment to the process of change. Acting on the new understanding of responsibility as an internal mindset toward the bringing about of radical change requires a cooperative decision-making model and a new understanding of leadership.