n South African Law Journal - Wild Law, Cormac Cullinan : book review

Volume 129, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



If one believes the overwhelming weight of scientific opinion, humankind is causing the Earth's climate to heat at such a rate that life as we know it will be drastically changed a few decades from now. Some deny the anthropocentric source of climate change, but there are far fewer denialists of the fact that species extinction is significantly higher now than in past epochs, and that this is undoubtedly due to human pressures. Many scientists are warning that water availability is becoming ever more critical and the supply of water that is useful to humans is under increasing pressure. Furthermore, it is not just environmental concerns that are dominating the headlines. In many parts of the world, civil unrest is symptomatic of many people's intolerance of undemocratic rule and systems of government that are often centuries old. In those parts of the world that are not faced with civil unrest, people are attempting to claw themselves out of a major economic meltdown. At the time of writing, people in Europe are on tenterhooks about the so-called Eurozone crisis. Environment, politics and economics - nothing is stable in 2012. Does this not suggest a major rethink of how we do things is required?

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