Multispecies lawscapes in the anthropocene : priorities for a critical, constitutional turn in climate change and biodiversity law

Offor, Iyan and Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio; McCormack, Phillipa and Caddell, Richard, eds. (2022) Multispecies lawscapes in the anthropocene : priorities for a critical, constitutional turn in climate change and biodiversity law. In: Research Handbook on Climate Change and Biodiversity Law. Edward Elgar, [Cheltenham]. ISBN 9781800370289 (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter identifies five key emerging trends within scholarship on Earth system law, Earth jurisprudence, wild law, ecofeminism and critical posthumanism. These trends are: reliance upon network theories, rejection of binaries in favour of spectrums, plurality, power dispersion, and intersectionality. We employ these trends to expand the precise normative content of planetary justice and as key considerations for multispecies governance in the Anthropocene. This expansive work entails investigation of societal boundaries and multispecies boundaries, which we propose as mappable to already identified planetary boundaries. We suggest societal boundaries that require considering human injustices characteristic of the Anthropocene linked with colonialism, and expansive views of science to incorporate diverse knowledge systems and ecological reflexivity. We suggest multispecies boundaries that require deep noticing of non-human signals, particularly relating to human-induced inabilities to flourish, and deconstruction and dispersion of notions of agency in Anthropocene lawscapes.