Thought, Law, Rights and Action in the Age of Environmental Crisis
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Thought, Law, Rights and Action in the Age of Environmental Crisis

Edited by Anna Grear and Evadne Grant

In the climate-pressed Anthropocene epoch, nothing could be more urgent than fresh engagements with the fractious relationships between ‘humanity’, law and the living order. This collection draws together theoretical reflections, doctrinal analyses and insights drawn from rights-based praxis to offer thoughtful – and at times provocative – engagements with the limitations of law at it faces the complexities of contemporary socio-ecological life-worlds in an age of climate crisis.
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Chapter 7: Human rights practice: a means to environmental ends?

Kate Donald


Can human rights practice in its current dominant forms tackle the challenge of climate change and environmental degradation? Although there is now increased recognition of the links between human rights and the environment, and while human rights tools and principles can contribute in some concrete ways to moving forward the environmental agenda, their potential for doing so is largely unrealised. The author analyses three different approaches used by advocates and activists in this field, before discussing potential alternatives and examples of radical or hybrid approaches with a view to articulating a strategy for activism and praxis that can capture the real and lived inter-connectedness of human rights enjoyment and environmental factors more meaningfully. Keywords human rights; environment; praxis; climate change; United Nations; development; activism

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