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The European Sustainability Model: From the Global Governance Scenario to the European Picture ‘Integrating’ Intergenerational Justice and Accessible Governance Mechanisms

  • María Dolores Sánchez Galera
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Abstract

This chapter begins by distinguishing the conceptual scope of sustainability and sustainable development that are used interchangeably. It contains a short historical overview of the notion questioning its capacity to foster social and ecological justice whilst economic growth ambitions are in general disdained. The need for a systemic ecological transition has taken International scholars most recently to make ultimate efforts to recast the importance of law in the Anthropocene by joining alternative analytical frameworks relating to the ‘earth systems’ approach. The analysis includes a brief account of some of those critical views contrasting normative versions of sustainability based on interdisciplinary views (see Sect. 3.2). After such global contextualisation that finds broad consensus with UN 2030 Global Agenda, the chapter presents the European Union Sustainability Model (EUSM) (see Sect. 3.3.1). This unique model is characterised by a drastic evolution of environmental protection law developing into a more emblematic multidimensional version of ‘sustainable development’ that is already part of the European identity despite of its social concerns weaknesses (see Sect. 3.3.2). Attention is then drawn to the education and cultural policies as key areas gaining increasing interest and defining important aspects of the social policy dimension of the EUSM that is reinforced by its emblematic constitutional framework (see Sects. 3.3.3 and 3.3.4). The chapter ends by addressing governance mechanisms and making the case for the commons supporting intergenerational justice (see Sects. 3.3.4 and 3.3.5).

Keywords

Sustainability Sustainable development Environment UN Anthropocene Global agenda EU Governance Commons 

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