Sometimes you get a win.
Just earlier this morning, a Court of Appeal ruling declared that the proposed expansion to Heathrow Airport was illegal according to our obligations to the Paris Agreement climate talks.
I’m hoping that this ruling indicates a shift towards a more broader recognition of climate laws, not because I think that legislation is going to fix our wounded relationship to the rest of the natural world… That sort of work has got to happen on a much deeper, and much more radical level. But this ruling should give us some joy because legislation, in the general theory of societies, is supposed to rely upon the notion of Common Justice. Or what is ‘naturally held to be true’. What are the principles that we wish our society to live by, and be known for?
What do we hold sacred, as environmentalist thinker Charles Eistenstein asks?
Every win is a step towards a better, wider horizon. Every win for this sacredness of the earth means that, tomorrow, we might be able to do more. We might be able to make bigger shifts. We might trust companies a little less, and our own feelings about the environment a little more.
The Paris Climate Agreement (as limited as it may be in some ways) is about the future. It’s about caring for the future of the planet, and that means all us creatures and beings on this weird little ball, and who will be born or sprout here after. I’m hoping this judgement means that in some small way, the UK cares for the same things, too.