The Lens of Ecological Law
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The Lens of Ecological Law

A Look at Mining

Carla Sbert

Containing an in-depth study of the emerging theory and core of ecological law, this book insightfully proposes a 'lens of ecological law' through which the disparity between current laws and ecological law can be assessed. The lens consists of three principles: ecocentrism, ecological primacy and ecological justice. These principles are used within the book to explore and analyse the challenges and opportunities related to the transition to ecological law and to examine three key mining case studies.
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Chapter 2: Underpinnings of ecological law

Carla Sbert


This chapter offers a snapshot of the primary nonlegal footings of ecological law in science and ecological economics, and of the critiques of environmental law underpinning the need for a different paradigm. It sketches the deepening understanding of the interconnected, complex systems of which humans are an integral part and the critique of the economic growth paradigm that are foundations on which ecological law is developing. It presents an overview of how and why environmental law has failed to prevent the ecological crisis, with an emphasis on its subservience to economic growth.

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