The Sustainable Relationship: What the United States and the United Kingdom Can Teach Each Other About Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the National Level

John C. Dernbach, Andrea Ross

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    Abstract

    As the urgency of climate change, biodiversity loss, severe poverty, and other global environmental and development challenges continues to grow, concerted international action to address them is becoming even harder. National efforts are thus more important than ever. An important example is the United Kingdom and the United States, which have stronger ties with each other than almost any other county — the so-called “special relationship.” They share a common language and history, and have similar legal systems and culture. The United States and the United Kingdom also aspire to international leadership, and often play that role. Accelerating the transition to sustainability requires six elements at the national level. These are a national strategy, legal integration mechanisms, governmental implementing or coordinating bodies, monitoring and review mechanisms, leadership, and a bottom-up sustainability movement. This article describes and compares key U.S. and U.K. actions on these elements, and suggests what each could learn from the other.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-34
    Number of pages5
    JournalThe Environmental Forum
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    Early online date26 Apr 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Sustainable development, climate change, national, progress, US, UK

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