- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: June 2014
- Print publication year: 2013
- Online ISBN: 9781139013819
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139013819
Environmental law has failed us all. As ecosystems collapse across the globe and the climate crisis intensifies, environmental agencies worldwide use their authority to permit the very harm that they are supposed to prevent. Growing numbers of citizens now realize they must act before it is too late. This book exposes what is wrong with environmental law and offers transformational change based on the public trust doctrine. An ancient and enduring principle, the trust doctrine asserts public property rights to crucial resources. Its core logic compels government, as trustee, to protect natural inheritance such as air and water for all humanity. Propelled by populist impulses and democratic imperatives, the public trust surfaces at epic times in history as a manifest human right. But until now it has lacked the precision necessary for citizens, government employees, legislators, and judges to fully safeguard the natural resources we rely on for survival and prosperity. The Nature's Trust approach empowers citizens worldwide to protect their inalienable ecological rights for generations to come.
James Gustave Speth - former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
Ross Gelbspan - author of The Heat is On and Boiling Point
Kathleen Dean Moore - co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
Bill McKibben - author of Earth and The End of Nature
James Hansen - former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and author of Storms of My Grandchildren
Gerald Torres - Marc and Beth Goldberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell Law School; Bryant Smith Chair in Law, University of Texas, Austin School of Law, and co-author of The Miner's Canary
Rena Steinzor Source: Science Magazine
Donald A. Brown Source: Center for Environmental Philosophy
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