Earth System, the Common Heritage
The need for a new legal approach to the global
28-30 September, 2020
Porto - Gaia, Portugal
After 25 years’ of climate negotiations gridlock, the first question raised since the 1980’s UN negotiations is still unanswered - the Legal Status of Climate - A legal framework to globally govern our common good, the Earth System, is a necessary structural condition to make collective action possible.
If You Want Different Results, You Have to Try Different Approaches
From the tragedy of commons to a Common Heritage.
In over 40 years of international environmental and climate negotiations, there has been a systematic omission of the most basic requirement that makes possible any human enterprise: an appropriate legal framework. The planetary system that we inhabit - the Earth System - is comprised of interacting physical, chemical and biological cycles and energy flows that not only support life, but are regulated by life. The Earth System is the ultimate common good, yet it has no legal recognition and is thus subject to increasing degradation and destruction by human actions. We now face a tragedy of the commons at the global scale, where everyone operates in a free-for-all scenario and there are neither restrictions on the use of the Earth System, nor compensation for those who maintain it in a well-functioning state. The first step for a successful management of the commons, is the adoption of a clear legal definition of the common good. The failure to do so has led to the climate and biosphere emergencies, as inevitable and logical outcomes of the unregulated use of the Earth System.
CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
28-30 SEPTEMBER, 2020
SUPER BOCK ARENA
PAVILHÃO ROSA MOTA