If it is possible for humans to undertake successful global environmental governance, then it must be by adopting rules to protect the rest of nature from humans and humans from themselves. Knowledge of rules is effective only when knowledge is combined with experience. An effective set of social rules must be grounded in widely shared understandings, authored by those it addresses, applicable equally to all, capable of learning from (and adapting to) experience, rationally grounded, and internalized by those who adopt and implement it. Such rules of behavior can become concretized in international law only through an endless process of crafting and revising new rules, including rules to replace those that have become normatively problematic or outdated.
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