Ideas for Action

Preserving Nature and the Nation: Redefining State Sovereignty in the Anthropocene Age

In the face of accelerating global Climate Change, it’s time to reconstruct and enlarge the legal definition of sovereignty to include the state’s primary responsibility to preserve life, meaning both the nation and nature OR THE NATION-STATE MAY WELL PROVE TO BE THE MODERN DINOSAUR, DOOMED TO EXTINCTION. Such a legal reconstruction of its definition requires state sovereignty to be defined in terms of the enactment and enforcement of environmental treaties and norms, family planning involving the education and empowerment of women and the reconfiguration of the role of national judiciaries to permit domestic courts to enforce AS SELF EXECUTING international principles of environmental law.