The Climate Urgency: Setting Sail for a New Paradigm

Written by  CIDSE

The Climate Urgency: Setting Sail for a New Paradigm
19 September 2018

A CIDSE policy paper, September 2018 (available in EN - ES - PT)

This report aims to explore how a paradigm shift in our food and energy systems – supported by structural lifestyle and societal changes – could greatly contribute to limit rise in average global temperature to 1.5°C without relying on risky and unproven Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) or geoengineering.

CIDSE affirms that this transformation can only be achieved through a paradigm shift. We need a different system as a whole. This requires new narratives, a different cultural approach – putting sufficiency at its heart – and transforming our political and economic systems. CIDSE’s arguments and vision for a new paradigm are based on values such as integral ecology, justice, and good governance, as also defined by Catholic Social Teaching and in the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’. Equity, Common But Differentiated Responsibilities, as well as communities’ involvement and participation in decision-making processes are some of the principles that must lie at the heart of the change needed.


Giulia Bondi, Climate Justice and Energy Officer (bondi(at)
François Delvaux, Climate & Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Officer (delvaux(at)




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