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Towards a Moral Compass to Guide Sustainability Transformations in a High-End Climate Change World

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Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallés, 08290 Barcelona, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2971; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102971
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 18 May 2019 / Accepted: 21 May 2019 / Published: 24 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Justice)
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Abstract

High-end climate change (HECC) raises unprecedented challenges for the transformation of society’s governance arrangements. In such potentially dangerous situation, these challenges have profound moral—rather than only scientific, technical, or managerial—implications. Unfortunately, despite the growing recognition of the necessity for morally-grounded, urgent social-ecological reconfigurations in order to sustainably navigate the uncertain landscape derived from HECC, explicit moral guidance to support the transformation of governance arrangements is still lacking. This work, through the metaphor of a moral compass, proposes a normative tool to support an integrated assessment processes in order to confront the moral challenges and dilemmas in governance and thus favour sustainable transformations under conditions of HECC. View Full-Text
Keywords: High-end climate change; governance arrangements; moral compass; morality; sustainability science; integrated assessment processes High-end climate change; governance arrangements; moral compass; morality; sustainability science; integrated assessment processes
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Grasso, M.; Tàbara, J.D. Towards a Moral Compass to Guide Sustainability Transformations in a High-End Climate Change World. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2971.

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