Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 21, 2013 - Business & Economics - 363 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Trends That Point Toward a New Synthesis
3
The Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment
49
Making the Conceptual Transition to the New Paradigm
79
PART II
120
The Rise of the Commons Movement Globally
155
Imagining a New Architecture of Law and Policy to Support
179
Catalytic Strategies for Achieving Green Governance
226
Epilogue
261
Universal Covenant Affirming a Human Right
269
The International Legal Status of the Human Right to
285
Bibliography ofPertinent Books
337
Index
355
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Burns H. Weston is the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Senior Scholar of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa. A long-time - now honorary - member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, he has authored and co-authored many books and articles, especially in international human rights and related international law fields. He is known as an 'engaged scholar' and for his activism and scholarship bridging human rights and environmental law, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by Vermont Law School in 2009.

David Bollier is an author, activist and independent scholar of the commons. He is co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group; co-founder of Public Knowledge, a Washington DC advocacy group for the public's stake in copyright and Internet policies; and Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center. Bollier won the Bosch Prize for Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin in 2012.

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