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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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31Environmental rights and future generations

Hong Sik Cho and Ole W Pedersen

31.1 Introduction

Constitutionally enshrined environmental rights have gained an increasingly prominent role in the last 25 to 30 years, for many reasons. The mounting regulatory attention afforded to environmental problems domestically and internationally is testament to the fact that the environment is generally considered a common good in need of preservation. This increase in environmental concern has occurred just as a general trend of protecting societal values through the vocabulary and use of rights developed. Thus, the constitutionalization of environmental rights serves to support the observation that environmental elements such as air, water and soil are ...

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