Macedo, P., Santos, F.D., Pedersen, J.T. & Penha-Lopes, G. (2021) Climate action: is coronavirus what we have been waiting for? (and now what?)Local Environment, 26(6), 666-672. DOI:10.1080/13549839.2021.1916902 (IF2021 3,590; Q3 Evironmental Studies)
In the beginning of 2020, it looked like serious climate action was finally going to take place after decades of procrastination, but we are now inevitably leaving the transformation path. Abruptly (and remarkably), the coronavirus outbreak silenced ongoing efforts to protect climate, while also partly bringing carbon emissions to a halt. A global tragedy is still unfolding with vast social impacts and we are reaching a roundabout with several distinct exits. While embracing the uncertainty of current times, we try to envision likely transition pathways using the multi-level perspective. Climate activists, social innovators, dreamers, and networkers are expected to gain momentum and play critical roles in a sequence of co-evolutionary waves leading to a just, conscious, and regenerative recovery.