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Climate Change Law and Aesthetics: A Primer


Richardson, BJ, Climate Change Law and Aesthetics: A Primer, Debating Climate Law, Cambridge University Press, B Mayer and A Zahar (ed), UK, pp. 412-430. ISBN 9781108879064 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/9781108879064.030


This chapter reviews the debates relating to the interface of climate change law and aesthetics. Global warming alters the aesthetic properties of nature, and additional aesthetic changes are precipitated by the mitigation and adaptation responses of impacted societies. Domestic legal systems already have a leading role in governing certain disputes that involve strong aesthetic elements, such as the location of wind turbines or seawall defences. The international legal system has established some regimes that explicitly engage with aesthetic values, such as the World Heritage Convention. Ben Richardson maps the views expressed in the growing scholarship on climate law’s encounters with aesthetics. The chapter also weighs different views on why aesthetic experiences might be important to better understanding the dangers of climate change, which mostly lie in the future and thus out of sight and out of mind.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:arts, aesthetics, climate change, law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:145706
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2021-08-02
Last Modified:2022-05-13

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