Professor Lynda Collins has published a new book entitled The Ecological Constitution: Reframing Environmental Law (Routledge), which sets out the necessary components of any constitution that could be considered “ecological” in nature. Re-imagining constitutions along these lines could play a vital role in building a sustainable future.
Professor Collins integrates the insights of environmental constitutionalism and ecological law to argue that an ecological constitution is one that codifies the following key principles: the principle of sustainability; intergenerational equity and the public trust doctrine; environmental human rights; rights of nature; the precautionary principle and non-regression; and rights and obligations relating to a healthy climate. In the context of the current global environmental crisis, these principles are important tools for changing consciousness and driving pragmatic policy reforms around the world.
David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, says of The Ecological Constitution, “This engaging and insightful book offers a blueprint for rewriting the ground rules of civilization.”
A virtual book launch will be hosted by The Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment on June 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Click here for registration details.
Congratulations to Professor Collins on this exceptional achievement!