Climate Change Means the Death of Sustainability

Robin Kundis Craig

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

August 31, 2012

This short essay for the Environmental Law Collaborative explores the relationship between climate change as a physical reality and sustainability as a goal of law and policy. It argues that climate change's impacts on the basic physical, chemical, and biological processes of Earth vitiate sustainability as a meaningful goal at anything other than the most general of levels. Sustainability in this context is a form of dead-end nostalgic conservatism; what climate change demands instead is adaptability to change and resilience in the face of potential loss of functionality -- ecological, social, cultural, and economic.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: climate change, sustainability, resilience, adaptation, adaptability

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Date posted: September 1, 2012  

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Craig, Robin Kundis, Climate Change Means the Death of Sustainability (August 31, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2139605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2139605

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Robin Kundis Craig (Contact Author)
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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