Should Trees Have Standing?: Law, Morality, and the Environment

Paperback | November 3, 2010

byChristopher D. Stone

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Originally published in 1972, Should Trees Have Standing? was a rallying point for the then burgeoning environmental movement, launching a worldwide debate on the basic nature of legal rights that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, in the 35th anniversary edition of this remarkablyinfluential book, Christopher D. Stone updates his original thesis and explores the impact his ideas have had on the courts, the academy, and society as a whole. At the heart of the book is an eminently sensible, legally sound, and compelling argument that the environment should be granted legalrights. For the new edition, Stone explores a variety of recent cases and current events--and related topics such as climate change and protecting the oceans - providing a thoughtful survey of the past and an insightful glimpse at the future of the environmental movement. This enduring workcontinues to serve as the definitive statement as to why trees, oceans, animals, and the environment as a whole should be bestowed with legal rights, so that the voiceless elements in nature are protected for future generations.

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Originally published in 1972, Should Trees Have Standing? was a rallying point for the then burgeoning environmental movement, launching a worldwide debate on the basic nature of legal rights that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, in the 35th anniversary edition of this remarkablyinfluential book, Christopher D. Stone updates his or...

Christopher D. Stone is J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California School of Law. A leading advocate for the environment, he has written for Harper's, The New York Times, The Nation, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199736073

ISBN - 13:9780199736072

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Introduction: Trees at Thirty-Five1. Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects2. Does the Climate Have Standing?3. Agriculture and the Environment: Challenges for the New Millennium4. Can the Oceans Be Harbored? A Four Step Plan for the 21st Century5. Should We Establish a Guardian for Future Generations?6. Reflections on "Sustainable Development"7. How to Heal the Planet8. Is Environmentalism Dead?Epilogue: Trees Revisited