|Science & Environmental Health Network|
Science, Ethics and Action in the Public Interest
It is clear that our current legal system is not serving our health or environment. Something has to change. But what? Here are some ideas from the SEHN think-and-do tank.
Models for Protecting the Environment for Future Generations October 2008 describes how ombudsmen, guardians, and other legal instruments could help guarantee a habitable planet for future humans.
Model State Constitutional Provisions & Model Statute November 2008 provides actual blueprint laws that states and tribes can use to implement these instruments and fulfill the ethical mandate to guarantee a livable world for future generations.
Designing A Model State Environmental Quality Act For 2007
One place to start is with state environmental quality legislation. Fewer than 20 states
have their own environmental quality acts, or "little NEPAs," most of them developed in
the 1970s when the environment was high on the national agenda as well. Now more
states are considering such legislation, especially as federal rules and enforcement have
been gutted and subordinated to the politics of business interests.
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