Chapter

The Nature of Nature

Jan G. Laitos

in The Right of Nonuse

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195386066
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.003.0001
The Nature of Nature

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This chapter begins by setting out the book's three central arguments. First, it asserts that the planet Earth is in trouble. It notes that there is growing evidence that nature, consisting of living organisms, natural resources, and environmental goods, is experiencing extinction, exhaustion, and pollution at an alarming rate. Second, the book argues that, by and large, humans have been unsuccessful in reversing or even slowing this trend. Third, it suggests that policy makers and lawmakers should, and ultimately will need to, recognize and legitimate the intrinsic, nonanthropomorphic value of nature and its many resources when not used by humans. The discussion then turns to the reasons why legal and institutional responses have failed to address serious threats to natural and environmental resources.

Keywords: nature; environment; extinction; exhaustion; pollution

Chapter.  1969 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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