August 18, 2019

Local Sustainability Movement Rides Wave of Evolving Federalism to ‘Axe’ Private Property Rights

Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.*

I. INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PosTMODERNISM

The concept of sustainable development (“SD”), originally articulated in 1987 by the United Nations (“UN”) World Commission on Environment and Development,2 has long been recognized as being simultaneously global and local in political scope and ambition. It embodies an ostensibly universally applicable (and, until recently, legally unenforceable) set of twenty-seven intergenerational principles integrating environmental, economic, and social concerns enumerated in the 1992 UN Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. 3 This includes the scien tifically progressive yet economically h armful Principle 15, known as the “precautionary principle.” Additionally, it incorporates a comprehensive road map for nation al and subnational governmental implementation of those principles, known as Agenda 21.4<<<Read More>>>

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