Insights from social contract theory to inform constitutional sustainability clauses to adequately address climate change

Climate change is one of the most alarming events which will very like have devastating effects for a lot of people worldwide, mostly not responsible for this development. Interestingly, indeed several scholars from various disciplines have opened up “a debate on the role that social contracts may play in a new and dynamic global context that will be increasingly shaped by the impacts of and responses to climate change.” (O’Brien et al 2009). While scholars with diverse academic backgrounds such as geography, political science, and applied ecology, have put forward resilience thinking in general, and specific “changes in social contracts” in selected countries in particular, this paper seeks to further the interdisciplinary debate by aiming to inform constitutional sustainability clauses of the moral duties of such ecological social contracts. This paper creates a basis of which constitutional sustainability clauses can become adequate legal means to address climate change.