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Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age

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Environmental law has failed us all. As ecosystems collapse across the globe and the climate crisis intensifies, environmental agencies worldwide use their authority to permit the very harm that they are supposed to prevent. Growing numbers of citizens now realize they must act before it is too late. This book exposes what is wrong with environmental law and offers transfo ...more
Paperback, 457 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Cambridge University Press
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Rick
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In everyone's life, there are only a few books that you can reflect on and say it changed your world view, and by doing so, irrevocably changed your life and how you make decisions on the topics it discussed. This is one of those books....

For most of my adult life, I had felt ill at ease with how my white, privileged, technically advanced culture related to the environment. As a young boy, I felt drawn to the Native American relationship to Nature, which seemed like a dream to which the white m
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Fianna Whitman
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has a lot of good material in it. However, for an academic book written by a law professor it is very badly written. It is gushy and breathy and so overwrought that I hated reading it. It is written as if it were a romance novel. Gag.
Steve
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Diane and I read the first couple of chapters. It's an eye-opener and worth reading more to understand the politics and legal roadblocks to getting things done that will help preserve our environment and to act upon one of our fundamental rights and duty to invoke the law of "nature's trust".
James
Standing as a child on the banks of the Columbia River, the writer picked up things that became her book Nature's Trust in three parts: Environmental Law: Hospice for a Dying Planet, The People's Natural Trust, and, The Public Trust and the Great Transition.
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It's pretty well-written, given that it was penned by a lawyer, as they tend to be more dry. Literary language and flourishes are discouraged in legal writing, so to find a lawyer who can add those to her work is great. That being said, she does go a bit overboard with some of the imagery, metaphors, and other literary devices. However, I'd rather have too much in this case because it makes the reading less dull. Although some chapters are just dull in nature when she lists l
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“old Indian proverb, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” 9 likes
“20 percent of scientists in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reported being directed to “inappropriately exclude or alter technical information” from scientific documents. In a survey of EPA scientists, 18 percent said they had experienced frequent or occasional edits during review of documents to “change the meaning of scientific findings.” One high-profile example investigated by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General involved the regulation of mercury emissions from coal-fired plants. In the process of preparing a proposed rule, EPA senior management instructed staffers to manipulate technical and scientific analysis in order to keep costs down for the electric utility industry.” 0 likes
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