World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability
In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the desperate need for a post-fossil economic strategy, yet it also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the imperative restructuring.
In the report, “World in Transition A Social Contract for Sustainability” the WBGU explains the reasons for the urgent need for a ‚post fossil-nuclear metabolism‘. It also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the necessary restructuring. If the transformation really is to succeed, we have to enter into a social contract for innovation, in the form of a new kind of discourse between governments and citizens, both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state. The modern era‘s global crisis can only be overcome through a profound, shared awareness of low-carbon value creation and sustainable development. In this report, the WBGU elaborates on the prospects of future sustainable economies - which, in view of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, must surely be on the agenda of national and international policy now.
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A comic explains the WBGU flagship report „World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability“. Climate change, the Anthropocene, rising CO2 levels, the Earth Summit in Rio, wind turbines, combined heat and power generation, desertification, biodiversity loss, Germany's Renewable Energy Act, pioneers of change – what do all these terms mean exactly and how are they all linked? This comic offers answers.
Low-Carbon Economy and Sustainable Development
The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) will present its latest flagship report, ‘World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability’, to Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen today.
Voices to this Report
The new WBGU-Study „A Social Contract for Sustainability” appears at a time in which people around the world are increasingly committed to creating a future that is both sustainable and climate-safe. The study shows that such a future will only be possible if governments, business and civil society collectively set the right course, making the most of regional, national and global cooperation. An important call to cross-cutting integrated action, the book deserves wide recognition.
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2010–2016)
"The geopolitical world is changing beyond recognition. The challenge of ensuring that in the future people can live better than today, while doing so within the Planetary Boundaries has yet to be met. Markets and the environment are increasingly globalized. Social protection and the search for equity are not, though there are interesting signs of change. There are many international institutions, but few are global. We have known for some time the necessary individual solutions required for the transition. Now, the WBGU report `World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability´ offers us extremely interesting ideas on how we can bring all this together collectively through a new social contract that is global, equitable and green, and requires a new kind of global citizenship: the first steps toward a global political project for global sustainability."
Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability 2010-12
- Download: Summary (PDF 3,8 MB)
Commissioned Expert's Studies
External expert studies are comissoned by WBGU, the responsibility for the content rests with the author.
For this Report, the Council has commissioned expert's studies, which are available for download (in German only)
- Download: Prof. Dr. Rolf Peter Sieferle (Universität St. Gallen, Schweiz): „Lehren aus der Vergangenheit für die Transformation zu einer klimafreundlichen Gesellschaft“ (PDF 1.8 MB)
- Download: Prof. Dr. Stephan Leibfried, Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier und Prof. Dr. Gerd Winter (Universität Bremen): „Möglichkeiten der globalen Steuerung und globalen beschleunigten Umgestaltung hin zu einer klimaverträglichen Gesellschaft“ (PDF 2.7 MB)
- Download: Ecologic – Gesellschaft für Internationale und Europäische Umweltforschung, Berlin: „Analyse der Konjunkturprogramme zur Bewältigung der Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise aus Umweltsicht“ (PDF 2.1 MB)