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How can we increase the effectiveness of Environmental Law?

Environmental law is a fairly new concept, and it is increasing becoming more apparent that we must put measures into place that reduce the amount of pollution we transmit into the biosphere.

A growing consumerism population will indefinitely put increasing pressure on the environment, however enforcing countries to be sustainable is especially difficult since Environmental International Law is not legally binding (meaning countries have the option whether to sign a protocol).

How can we increase the effectiveness of Environmental Law, would a single universal definition of ‘the environment’ help or should greater enforcement measures be put into place?

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  • Nov 12 2013: Laws are simply laws.

    The real question is how do we change societies attitude towards the environment?

    People who hike, camp, or spend more time outdoors apprentice the environment more and therefore protect it.
    People who stay indoors have little interaction with the natural environment protect it less.

    Laws are based on values. If there is no value, it will not be effective.

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