A wide array of questions arises from global change to confront environmental law. The IPCC has examined social decisions affecting the climate in the design of human settlements, transport systems, industrialisation, agriculture and silviculture, waste management, provisions for energy, and virtually all other socio-economic dimensions of human life. The AR-5, too, cannot avoid raising issues of human ethics and values at local and regional scales. Such issues reach environmental policy and law directly. The IPCC’s AR-5 report furthers widespread public debate about the human dimensions of climate change, and how social theory relates to environmental change. Already, climate change has captured the imagination, and a new genre of literature, climate fiction, or “cli-fi”, is engaging readers in imagining what is happening and will happen to each of us and our society.
Nicholas A. Robinson, Fundamental Principles of Law for the Anthropocene?, 44 Envtl. Pol’y & L. 13 (2014), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/964/.