The Space Between Grand Optimism and Grim Determination: Finding a Pathway Forward in International Climate Change Law

20 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2020

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Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: March 10, 2020

Abstract

This essay seeks to accomplish three things. First, it seeks to convince the reader to view climate change as one of the greatest legal and political challenges of our time by very succinctly emphasizing some of the anticipated risks and impacts of climate change and the ways in which these impacts shape the way we think about and respond to climate change. Second, it examines the overarching goals of international climate change law and the extent to which the Paris Agreement advances those goals. Third, it considers the most important roadblocks to our collective efforts to address climate change, focusing on the collective action nature of climate change and the perpetuation of an idealized vision of a cooperative international community. The essay concludes by arguing that law is an essential tool in our fight against climate change, but that using law effectively in this context means breaking free of a vision of law as a top down sweeping tool capable of offering grand solutions. Instead, it suggests that we must think of law as an enabling instrument that can help us make the multitude of changes that we need to make to reshape ourselves so as to allow present and future generations to live safely and sustainably.

Keywords: climate change law, optimism, pessimism, planetary boundaries, Paris Agreement

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K32, K33, Q01, F64, Q54

Suggested Citation

Carlarne, Cinnamon Piñon, The Space Between Grand Optimism and Grim Determination: Finding a Pathway Forward in International Climate Change Law (March 10, 2020). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 535. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3552029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3552029

Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne (Contact Author)

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