The climate researchers' wish list for 2021

2021 written in fire over a dark night sky. Illustration.

2020 will be remembered as the year when the coronavirus paralysed the world. At the same time, the negative effect of climate change became increasingly apparent, and the pleas to listen to the scientist and the calls for action became even more urgent.

What changes for the climate do researchers want to see in 2021? Researchers in climate and sustainability at Lund University list their hopes and wishes for the new year. Here is their wish list.

A joint international effort against climate change of the same magnitude as against 
Covid-19. We start reducing our emissions and find satisfactory solutions on how to reduce co2 concentrations in the air.
Lina Herbertsson, Researcher, Department of Biology, Lund University

I wish for people and politicians to wake up to the reality of the highly unequal and destructive economic systems we have and really do something about it. I wish that the environment and social justice is the top agenda item for any election campaign from now on and forever.
Torsten Krause, Senior Lecturer, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund university

After the pandemic, I wish that we do not fall back but leap forward into a truly post-fossil transition. Build back greener and better, for the many, not the few.
Roger Hildingsson, Researcher, Department of Political Science, Lund University 

May the coming 12 months of the New Year 2021 be full of new achievements to transform and create a true systemic change. First step: Be disruptive.
Jesica Murcia López, PhD Student, Agenda 2030 Graduate School, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund University

My wish for 2021 is that world leaders will at last realize that the economic system they support is not the one which going to save us from the climate and ecological crisis.
Romain Carrié, researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund University

A global decision and forceful action to phase out the fossil fuel industry.
Anne Jerneck, professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund university

Amore robust accounting system under the UN climate convention (UNFCCC), separating reporting of negative emissions from avoided emissions.
Terese Thoni, Researcher, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Reduced economic inequality across the world.
Nikos Alexandridis, Researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund University

In a time when there is so much anxiety and uncertainty, I wish we could all slow down, take care of ourselves and others, and discuss our shared values. I believe only in these moments are we able to take meaningful action towards the sustainable development goals.
Steven Curtis, Researcher, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University 

That decisionmakers and urban planners will recognise the need for more nature in and surrounding cities and towns, to the benefit of both people, biodiversity and climate change adaptation.
Anna Persson, researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund University

Collaboration - with collaboration there is no limit to how much we can achieve – and without collaboration there is no limit to how little we can achieve.
Lennart Olsson, professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University

Global environmental justice and recognition of ecocide as a punishable crime.
Deniz Koca, Researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University

I wish that all durable products that we buy in shops from 2021 onward have warranty of minimum five years, are circular and can be easily repaired.
Oksana Mont, Professor, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University 

I wish for the utter destruction of the oil and gas industry.
Henner Busch, Researcher, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund university

Take positive effects for the climate from Covid-19 pandemic: Keep reducing travel (for work and leisure) and not fall back on increased fossil fuels to jump-start the economy after Covid-19.
Katharina Reindl, postdoctoral fellow, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University 

Less patience.
Hervé Corvellec, Professor, Department of Service Studies, Lund University

My wishes for 2021 is renewable, reliable and inclusive energy systems.
Jenny Palm, Professor, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University 

That Sweden agrees at the highest political level to make the necessary decisions for us to become a leader in the radical change that a carbon-neutral society requires, which includes taking advantage of the opportunities that the past year's forced changes due to the pandemic have brought.
Sara Brogaard, Senior lecturer, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund university

Prioritizing sustainable and a green Covid-19 pandemic recovery.
Muhammad Shahbaz, postdoc, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund University

A joint EU one-day holiday where all daily papers and news media reported on the climate crisis and its consequences for the next 100 years.
Johan Hultman, Professor, Department of Service Studies, Lund University

I wish that VAT will be exempted from menstrual products in more countries around the world, especially in developing countries to make hygienic products affordable and available for more females to manage their periods safely. 
Sara Gabrielsson, Senior Lecturer, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund university

I wish that universities and funding agencies finally realise that we are facing an unprecedented emergency - structures must be adjusted so that scientists from all disciplines, faculties and countries can effectively collaborate to address global sustainability challenges. 
Helen Avery, researcher, Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies/Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund university

My wishes for 2021 is to start thinking more in sustainability by design, rather than sustainability as a consequence.
Juan Ocampo, PhD Candidate, Agenda 2030 Graduate School, Lund University