Dear Colleagues and Friends, we would like to invite you to join us at EGOS in Vienna for the Subtheme discussion System Change Barriers to an Effective Response to Climate Change. As a recent UN report suggests, current international pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will result in global warming of at least 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century (United Nations Environment Programme, 2019)-warming that may be incompatible with continued organized human civilization (New et al., 2011). This is often perceived as a distant future threat, but the devastating impacts of climate change are already becoming apparent worldwide in the procession of record-breaking hurricanes, floods, droughts, firestorms, and heatwaves that have destroyed the lives of many.Cclimate scientists estimate that these physical impacts will only worsen in coming decades (Mora et al., 2018). This reality raises the question: why, in the face of the evident existential threat posed by climate change, have the world's political and corporate elites failed to embrace the decarbonization of our economies that is necessary to avert disaster? As Elizabeth Kolbert (2006: 189) argues, 'It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.'
In this sub-theme, we seek to unpack this conundrum by focusing on the system-level mechanisms that impede adequate responses to the climate emergency and lock in a 'fossil fuel forever' imaginary (Levy & Spicer, 2013). We invite papers that use a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary lenses to analyze system-level impediments to effective responses to the environmental crisis. We welcome both original empirical studies as well as conceptual contributions.
For more information: https://www.egos.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1630409885853&subtheme_id=1604725620504
Our very best wishes for the holidays!
Zlatko Bodrožić Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Ana María Peredo School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Telfer School of Management. University of Ottawa, Canada email@example.com
Christopher Wright The University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney, Australiachristopher.firstname.lastname@example.org