This is a crisis: Facing up to the age of environmental breakdown (IPPR)

12th February 2019

Mainstream political and policy debates have failed to recognise that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible. The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake.

In response, this IPPR paper – the first in a major programme on the political and policy implications of environmental breakdown – argues that three shifts in understanding across political and policy communities are required: of the scale and pace of environmental breakdown, the implications for societies, and the subsequent need for transformative change.

The paper received national and international media coverage and won a 2019 Prospect Think Tank of the Year Award for environment.