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The Sustainable Relationship: What the United States and the United Kingdom Can Teach Each Other About Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the National Level

The Environmental Forum, Volume 30, No. 3 May/June 2013

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-26

6 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2013  

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Andrea Ross

Dundee Law School

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

As the urgency of climate change, biodiversity loss, severe poverty, and other global environmental and development challenges continues to grow, concerted international action to address them is becoming even harder. National efforts are thus more important than ever. An important example is the United Kingdom and the United States, which have stronger ties with each other than almost any other county — the so-called “special relationship.” They share a common language and history, and have similar legal systems and culture. The United States and the United Kingdom also aspire to international leadership, and often play that role. Accelerating the transition to sustainability requires six elements at the national level. These are a national strategy, legal integration mechanisms, governmental implementing or coordinating bodies, monitoring and review mechanisms, leadership, and a bottom-up sustainability movement. This article describes and compares key U.S. and U.K. actions on these elements, and suggests what each could learn from the other.

Keywords: climate change, sustainable, sustainability, sustainable development, biodiversity, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K32, Q00, Q01, Q10, Q2, Q3, Q4

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C. and Ross, Andrea, The Sustainable Relationship: What the United States and the United Kingdom Can Teach Each Other About Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the National Level (2013). The Environmental Forum, Volume 30, No. 3 May/June 2013; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2256983

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

Andrea P. Ross

Dundee Law School ( email )

Nethergate
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

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