Green governance : ecological survival, human rights, and the law of the commons

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Green governance : ecological survival, human rights, and the law of the commons

Burns H. Weston, David Bollier

Cambridge University Press, 2013

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Bibliography: p. 337-353

Includes index

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The vast majority of the world's scientists agree: we have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth's life-sustaining capacity. But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of the problem is limited; we treat 'the environment' as its own separate realm, taking for granted prevailing but outmoded conceptions of economics, national sovereignty and international law. Green Governance is a direct response to the mounting calls for a paradigm shift in the way humans relate to the natural environment. It opens the door to a new set of solutions by proposing a compelling new synthesis of environmental protection based on broader notions of economics and human rights and on commons-based governance. Going beyond speculative abstractions, the book proposes a new architecture of environmental law and public policy that is as practical as it is theoretically sound.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Trends that point toward a new synthesis
  • 2. The human right to a clean and healthy environment
  • 3. The quest for a new rights-based pathway
  • 4. Making the conceptual transition to the new paradigm
  • 5. The commons as a model for ecological governance
  • 6. The rise of the commons movement globally
  • 7. Imagining a new architecture of law and policy to support the ecological commons
  • 8. Catalytic strategies for achieving green governance.

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