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The Climate Crisis, Democracy and Governance

New Springer book by an informed EU insider presents a toolbox to ensure that climate policies are receiving the needed social support of civil society, an absolute precondition for these policies to be truly effective. A realistic ten-point manifesto calls on European governments to act in the run-up to COP26 and explains how we can have hope for the future.

Heidelberg | New York, 15 October 2020

Book cover: The Climate Crisis, Democracy and Governance When COVID-19 announced its catastrophic presence in the global theatre it temporarily upstaged the climate crisis which showed we were on the path to environmental and social disaster. It also highlighted, tragically and dramatically, the vital need for political establishments to listen to the science and to act quickly and in solidarity. In his book The Climate Crisis, Democracy and Governance the Belgian author and EU official Eric Ponthieu argues that at a time when the world is facing unprecedented health, environmental and social challenges governments must take a radical and progressive lead in making changes – imposing them if necessary – if there is to be any hope of slowing, stopping and then reversing the journey towards global ruin..  

This book proposes a 10-point manifesto of actions which will change this state of affairs. It provides food for thought on enhancing the governance of the European Green Deal that the EU is busy implementing and that requires the plain adhesion and engagement of European citizens. For those countries aspiring to democratic governance and institutions this is both a challenge and a path to renewal. Starting with a long-term and integrated vision, the book sets out steps to change our political and economic thinking through leadership, communication, knowledge-sharing, partnership, dedicated institutions, local action, new economic models and cultural change. 

The book is an urgent call to governments to reform their way of deciding and implementing climate policies. It is also a call to the citizen, including youth, to be informed, engage and create a majority for enthusiastic and responsible action - a majority which can also recognise the concerns and fears of the minority. The COVID-19 crisis showed what a sustainable future could look like if civil society was deeply involved in a structured cooperation with governments. 

About the author

Dr. Eric Ponthieu has been an EU official since 1994, currently as Head of a Unit on Agriculture, Environment and Sustainable Development at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). He is Associate Lecturer at Ca'Foscari University and should become soon Associate Professor at Coimbra University.

Eric Ponthieu
The Climate Crisis, Democracy and Governance
2020, 130 p., 1 illus.
eBook 42,79 € | £35.99 | $44.99
eISBN 978-3-030-58127-5

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