Research and Education: Drivers of Transformation

Factsheet 5

German Advisory Council on Global Change
WBGU, Berlin, 2012

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The transformation towards a sustainable, low-carbon society is a societal search process (Factsheet 4/2011). Although specific sustainability objectives can be defined, it is not possible to provide an exact description of the state of the economy and the society ultimately aspired to. Research and education have a key role to play in this societal search process. In co-operation with policy-makers, business and society at large, the scientific community is tasked with developing visions for a low-carbon society, exploring various development pathways, and supporting sustainable technological and social innovations. Education should help to create problem awareness and promote systemic thinking, thus empowering people to participate in and shape the transformation

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