Book launch: Time and Environmental Law - Telling Nature's Time

Professor Benjamin Richardson, University of Tasmania, will present his book 'Time and Environmental Law - Telling Nature's Time'. Professor Emeritus Hans Christian Bugge from the University of Oslo and Senior Research Scientist Dagmar Hagen from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research will give prepared comments.

Open for all interested.

Disciplined by industrial clock time, modern life distances people from nature's biorhythms such as its ecological, evolutionary, and climatic processes. The law is complicit in numerous ways. It compresses time through 'fast-track' legislation and accelerated resource exploitation. It suffers from temporal inertia, such as 'grandfathering' existing activities that limits the law's responsiveness to changing circumstances. Insouciance about past ecological damage, and neglect of its restoration, are equally serious temporal flaws: we cannot live sustainably while Earth remains degraded and unrepaired. Applying international and interdisciplinary perspectives on these issues, Time and Environmental Law explores how to align law with the ecological 'timescape' and enable humankind to 'tell nature's time'. Lending insight into environmental behaviour and impacts, this book pioneers a new understanding of environmental law for all societies, and makes recommendations for its reform. Minding nature, not the clock, requires regenerating Earth, adapting to its changes, and living more slowly.

Advances knowledge about how time affects the quality of environmental decision-making and provides recommendations for reform of environmental law and policy, helping scholars and students of environmental law to understand the limitations of current approaches and why global environmental decline continues

Highlights the importance of ecological restoration for good environmental governance, helping practitioners of ecological restoration understand how the legal system can facilitate restoration

Incorporates diverse, multi-disciplinary perspectives into the analysis of environmental law in practice, appealing to readers from diverse fields in understanding the role of environmental law

The book is now available at Cambridge University Press.


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Published June 20, 2017 12:59 PM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2017 10:49 AM