Sustainability, i.e., the demand for long-term and globally practicable lifestyles and economies, is increasingly being understood as the central challenge of our time. This is especially true with regard to climate change. Undoubtedly, natural scientific and technical knowledge of problem relationships in dealing with nature, resources, and climate is important. However, technical change does not happen on its own. In addition, the ecological challenges are simply too great not to aim for a behavioral change, including structural change as well as technology, given the—legally binding—1.5 degrees limit in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement that may require global zero emissions in all sectors in two or three decades. This is the starting point of this Special Issue on climate change and human reaction. We want to investigate, for example, the conditions for individual and social change, the means or governance instruments for zero fossil fuels in all sectors and drastically reduced livestock emissions in 2040 or 2050, as well as normative (ethical and legal) issues. Transdisciplinary approaches should play a special role, i.e., approaches that do not operate from disciplinary boundaries but from questions of content without excessive subordination to established disciplinary dogmas. It is important to the guest editors that the Special Issue stands for pluralism and expressly gives room to uncomfortable, unexpected, and heterodox views and methods. We invite qualitative as well as quantitative studies that adhere to high quality standards and provide plausible justifications of their methodological choices and study design.
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