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Climate as Heritage … not just a concern

Which is actually the most important? Commodities extracted from nature or a climate that is stable and able to sustain human life?

The work made by nature that produces and maintains as stable climate is invisible to the economy and therefore only a critical legal innovation can recognize its true value. Almost 30 years after the “adverse effects of climate change” being considered as a ‘Common Concern of Humankind’ (UN resolution 43/53, 1988), there has been no consensus on what this means from a legal standpoint. Even though this remains the legal framework of the Paris Agreement, the Concern approach to climate still lacks a clear definition. Nonetheless, this approach shaped the way we are trying to solve the problem of climate change, and is inevitably linked to the results (or the lack thereof) achieved in this fight.

To change this paradigm of destruction, Paulo Magalhães, a researcher in law at the University of Porto and founder of Common Home of Humanity, a nonprofit organization, proposes to rethink climate’s current legal status to reconsider the original proposal of 1988 to recognize a stable climate as a ‘Common Heritage of Humankind’ , which would make it possible to reward those who care for and restore ecosystems, to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere for the benefit of the entire humanity, and to overcome the deadlock of the current climate policy that is exclusively based on mitigation and neutralization.


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Event Date 15-09-2021 1:00 pm
Organizadora / Organiser / Organizador / Organisateur / Veranstalter / Szervező / Arrangör Common Home of Humanity

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