Climate change as a transformation challenge: A new climate policy paradigm?

Lukas Hermwille*

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The Paris Agreement marks a milestone in international climate policy. Though, the positive appraisal was not unanimous. This article will argue that the Paris Agreement embraces a new paradigm.Climate change is no longer seen as a clear-cut environmental problem, nor as a developmental issue, but as a challenge to fundamentally transform global societies. While criticism through the lens of the former paradigms is worthwhile, the Paris Agreement should be acknowledged as a pacemaker for the transformation processes that lay ahead of us.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Climate change
  • Paradigm shift
  • Paris agreement
  • Transformation


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