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Climate change law: encounters with aesthetics and art


Richardson, BJ, Climate change law: encounters with aesthetics and art, Climate Law, 8, (3-4) pp. 279-319. ISSN 1878-6553 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/18786561-00803011


Climate change has multifaceted aesthetic dimensions of legal significance. Global warming alters the aesthetic properties of nature, and further aesthetic changes are precipitated by climate mitigation and adaptation responses of impacted societies. The social and political struggles to influence climate change law are also influenced by aesthetics, as environmental activists and artists collaborate to influence public opinion, while conversely the business sector through its marketing and other aesthetic communications tries to persuade consumers of its climate-friendly practices to forestall serious action on global warming. This article distils and analyses these patterns in forging a novel account of the role of aesthetics in climate change law and policy, and it makes conclusions on how this field of law should consider aesthetic values through ‘curatorial’ guidance.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, art, aesthetics, law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:129020
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2018-11-01
Last Modified:2019-01-11

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