Responding to Climate Change as Emergency: Governing the Climate Emergency

Effective governance of human endeavors is central in achieving our shared goals. Governance is core to setting direction of a system, keeping that system on track and ensuring accountability. However, especially in the ‘West’, governance as a concept, not only in nations but companies and other organizations, has ‘grown up’ in an era where the idea of ‘success’ and the routes to achieving differ greatly. There are many actors and multi-levels that together make up any governance system, along with many ways of making a governance system work. Together we will explore how governance might be best understood in an era of multifaceted unsustainability and what types of governance are needed, at all levels, in order to respond effectively and urgently to the Climate Emergency. We welcome interdisciplinary and global perspectives on this question, including consideration of: organizational governance (across all public, private and third sector spheres – including of universities and research institutes); deliberative democracy and role of citizen participation; grassroots innovations and local initiatives; the role of purpose for the governance we need; local and national government policy; reporting and other accountability mechanisms; and the similarities and differences of the governance needed across different sectors of society to address the Climate Emergency.