Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

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Thesis or dissertation

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Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2006.


This project attempts to give the reader a broad understanding of the nature and definition of a constitutional environmental right, what it would guarantee, whether it should be considered a human right. It goes on to discuss if environmental rights claims could be protected under existing legislation, the process of amending the U.S. Constitution, who currently has environmental rights, and finally the difficulties associated with these rights. The intention of this chapter is to provide an educated conclusion as to the relevance, need, feasibility, and barriers associated with constitutional environmental rights.



Date Posted: 12 September 2006