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Climate Change Means the Death of Sustainability

4 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2012  

Robin Kundis Craig

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: August 31, 2012

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

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