Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns
From the perspective of intergenerational justice, the problem of climate change, and in particular, current attempts to regulate the GHG emissions reveal the inadequacy of combined market-based and traditional international law strategies in the face of endless economic growth on the one hand, and persistent population growth on the other, both implying ever-rising energy consumption and natural resources depletion.
In this chapter, I submit that the ideas of a wider narrative and practices of contemporary environmentalism and sustainability should change. To wit, today’s approach to climate change as an issue to be solved by international environmental law and policies precludes us from addressing it from a more pluralistic and inclusive perspective. Such perspective should spread far beyond the universality of State form, an international environmental treaty, the paradigm of sustainable economic growth and ensuing cost-benefit analysis resulting into market-based efforts. In the ultimate section of the chapter I offer some solutions to the above problem.