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The Gardener and the Sick Garden: How Not to Address the Planet’s Environmental Issues

May 2015

Citation: ELR 10391

Author: Jan G. Laitos and Juliana E. Okulski

Over a number of decades, various rules have been imposed on humans intending to limit our obsession with exploiting the garden of Earth. During this time, differing management techniques have been tried to ensure that the garden could continue to provide the resources and natural systems for humans to survive. But despite all these rules and laws and institutional commands, the garden has seemed to be getting sicker. Why have environmental policies not worked very well? Why have governmental responses neither deterred the exploitative gardener nor much helped the garden?

Jan G. Laitos is Professor of Law and John A. Carver Jr. Chair in Natural Resources and Environmental Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Juliana E. Okulski is a 2016 J.D. candidate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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