ResponsAbility challenges conventional thinking about our governance and legal frameworks. The cross-currents of persisting, established worldviews, knowledge systems, institutions, law and forms of governance are now at odds with future-facing innovations designed to help societies transition to both low-carbon economies and social equity. This book explores the ways in which we can move to new governance and legal structures that more effectively reflect our changed relationship with the Earth in the Anthropocene.
The book is written by a group of eminent scholars and leading experts from a diverse range of backgrounds, all of whom bring new knowledge and analysis from across oceanic and continental regions. Many are from the discipline of law, whilst others bring expertise on indigenous knowledge, climate, water, governance and philosophy to engage with law. Contributors include His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi, Head of State of Samoa, Judge Sir E. Taikākurei Durie, Dame Anne Salmond, Pierre Calame and Adrian Macey. A number of scenarios are presented throughout the book for the realignment of global and local law to institutionalise responsibility for social, environmental and earth-centered equity.
Blog de Pierre Calame
Once upon a time, it was imagined that peak production in fossil-energy, coal, gas, and oil would soon be reached and the reduced supply would automatically raise prices, thus turning need into a virtue. Bad luck! We keep discovering new reserves and peak production will have to wait for the day when hell freezes over.
This leaves taxing greenhouse-gas emissions, conjured up ritually, with a “please note” in the next sentence explaining that this is regressive taxing affecting the poor more than the rich, so it will have to be completed with redistributive measures… that will for all practical purposes cancel the expected effect. There will be the rich, on the one hand, whose budget share for fossil-energy expenses is so small that such a price rise will be no problem at all, and on the other hand, the poor, for whom the effect of such an increase will have been neutralized. What’s wrong with this picture?
Are we stupid, hypocritical, or both? The obvious answer is of course: both. The negotiable-carbon-budget-allocated-to-everyone elephant remains in the room, comfortably seated on its rear end, and still no one is seeing it.
Young people in Lebanon are demanding an overhaul of the political system, as protests enter a third week.
view the video by the BBC World News here
Anti-government sentiment is still high, despite the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
He stepped down last week, which was one of protesters’ key demands.
Many people want the entire political system to be replaced.
They blame the political class for the corruption that plagues Lebanon, its stagnant economy and high levels of public debt, and the dire state of its public services.
Over the past weeks hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in the demonstrations in a country with a population of only six million.
Credits BBC World News - 07 Nov 2019