Edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borrás
Chapter 11: Environmental rights, responsibility and care: a new constitutional paradigm
The misuse of the environment by a small part of the human population has generated grave problems and conflicts over the centuries. In recent decades, its consequences have begun to affect all of humanity, ecosystems and the entire planet. To address the unfettered appropriation of nature, from a legal-political point of view, an integral perspective of rights is emerging, indicating the need for concrete environmental limits to the behaviour of humans, states and companies. A theory of environmental rights based on care, duties and responsibility for all present and future human beings and ecosystems, as well as waters, forests and other natural and cultural commons, could help to address the current protection deficit of nature and human communities.
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