Constitutional Codification of an Environmental Ethic (J. C. Tucker)


John C. Tucker


constitutional provisions, environmental ethics, Florida, environmental rights, environmental protection, conservation


This Article examines the legal, political, and societal significance of environmental constitutional provisions. Part II of this Article briefly traces the evolution of a societal environmental ethic. Part IIl examines environmental provisions in state and national constitutions, and draws comparisons to Florida’s constitution. Part IV evaluates the significance of environmental provisions in constitutions. Part V explores future trends. The Article concludes that while in many instances constitutional authority is not legally necessary, it is important because it reflects societal
recognition of the importance of the environment. Further, it may be necessary to force political action in certain intractable situations.


(2000) 52 Florida Law Review 299


Constitutional Codification of an Environmental Ethic