Published: 27th Apr 2017

A new study by the Steps Centre at Sussex University and New Weather Institute points to historical evidence that the sort of rapid, large scale social and economic change needed in the face of climate destabilisation has occurred before and could do so again. In the face of climate change and social inequality, changing to a greener and fairer society might feel impossible – but rapid, radical transitions may be more possible than we think, according to a new study. How did we do that? The possibility of rapid transition by Andrew Simms and Peter Newell, shows what we can learn about rapid change through examples from history and the present day. From when modern day volcanoes ground international airlines, to the New Deal in 1930s America and today’s renewable energy revolution, the book collects 14 stories of rapid and radical change, often in the face of crisis and difficulty. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)