Regaining engagement into climate and environmental policies – discussing new approaches towards public policies and public law

Increasing number and volatility of nature catastrophes raised public awareness regarding consequences of climate change. Public debate that flared up with school strikes for climate did not only vocalize climate crisis. Young generations instigated critique of public institutions and officials. Their weak efforts to tackle the climate change were presented as inaction towards intergenerational solidarity.

As a result climate change instigated also a crisis of trust towards public: policies, law & institutions. How to regain trust? What actions should be taken so that new actions under public policies are not seen as particularisms (and that they are not treated with even bigger distrust)?

A complex response can be brought by taking into account new approaches towards public policies and public law. This paper aims at discussing proposals of new, even experimental, approaches that might allow shifting debate and regaining engagement into climate and environmental policies.