Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism
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Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism

Edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borrás

Climate change is causing traditional political and legal concepts to be revisited. The emergence of a global polity through physical, economic and social interaction demands global responses which should be founded upon new principles and which cannot simply be modelled on traditional constitutionalism centred on the nation-state. This Research Handbook explores how to build this climate constitutionalism at a global level, starting from the narrative of Anthropocene and its implications for law. It provides a critical approach to global environmental constitutionalism, analysing the problems of sustainability and global equity which are entwined with the causes and consequences of climate change. The Handbook explores how to develop constitutional discourses and strategies to address these issues, and thereby tackle the negative effects of climate change whilst also advancing a more sustainable, equitable and responsible global society.
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Chapter 17: Beyond energy justice: towards a just transition

Raphael J. Heffron and Darren McCauley

Abstract

This chapter reviews energy justice and related concepts from a futuristic perspective. It considers ‘what is next?’ for these concepts. In essence, the focus is on the impact of these concepts; the reality is that, in exploring next steps for these concepts, a more united perspective is needed so that scholars in three areas of justice scholarship can increasingly collaborate together. The main reasoning for this is that in the domain of climate, energy and environmental justice, all scholars to some degree have a common goal in terms of impact: all aspire to keep the world within the 1.5 degree Celsius limit in terms of global warming and all are working on the just transition to a low-carbon economy. This chapter, in reviewing critically some of the literature to date, highlights the ‘just transition’ concept and promotes this as a common path forward for increasing public understanding and public acceptance of a just transition to a low-carbon economy. In order to achieve this, these research communities need to unite rather than continuing alone.

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