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Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

Abstract

Global climate change is well underway and its impacts are reaching far into the future. As these impacts progress, they present core questions of intergenerational justice. What does justice require of the current generation in tackling climate change to safeguard the wellbeing of future generations? How is the current generation to achieve a just relationship with those to come in light of the atrocious violations represented by global climate change? Taking the Juliana v. United States lawsuit as an example, I argue that we are not equipped to address the current climate crisis using existing environmental law, and therefore our obligations for future generations remain unmet. In that light, I demonstrate the unique contributions of the restorative justice framework to the discussion of intergenerational justice, and how restorative justice can address not only environmental crime, but also the harms that future generations will experience because of climate change.

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