Trusteeship of the Global Commons
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Chapter 2: Framing earth governance
The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth. Thomas Berry. Democracy and freedom are more than values to be treasured; they may well be essential to survival. Noam Chomsky. The idea of earth governance responds to shortcomings of the current system of international environmental law and governance. Its main purpose is to help establish a culture of democracy powerful enough to achieve sustainable societies. This involves governance structures that are capable of serving this purpose. Such structures would feature governance rules able to overcome the democratic and ecological deficit discussed so far.
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