A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society
Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.
Chapter 6: Cooperating around Environmental Rights
Cooperating around Environmental Rights
A Healthy Planet is a Human Right
Imagine the Pennsylvania landscape in 1789, when the U.S. founders introduced the Bill of Rights. Old-growth forests of beech and hemlock covered much of the region, providing habitat for a dense and richly diverse under-story. Large predators such as the wolf and cougar roamed the New England landscape, naturally regulating the deer population. Nature was intact, but not untouched by humans. Native Americans burned small areas of the forest to improve berry production, hunting, and ease of travel. In addition, European settlers had begun to clear land for agriculture and timber. Even with these modifications, however, the natural environment was wild, and its expanse must have seemed limitless. It is no wonder ...