Wednesday, May 29, 2013
"Sustainability is illegal."
I find law fascinating, and I would love to write about it more. But for this blog post, I would rather you spend your time listening to Thomas Linzey, Esq., co-founder and executive director of the Community Environmental Defense Legal Fund, which intends and works on "Building sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature." In the audio clip below taken from the fantastic radio show Making Contact, Linzey talks about ways to morph the current regulatory and property rights framework of environmental law to one that affords nature rights and better protects the rights of citizens in the face of ever-growing corporatization and pollution. As it stands however, according to Linzey, "Sustainability is illegal. The hammer comes down on you when you attempt to actually to prohibit something in the interest of building sustainability in [a] community."