This book examines the relationship between man and nature through different cultural approaches to encourage new environmental legislation as a means of fostering acceptance at a local level.

In 2019, the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) recognised that we have entered a new era, the Anthropocene, specifically characterised by the impact of one species, mankind, on environmental change. The Anthropocene is penetrating the discourse of both hard sciences and humanities and social sciences, by posing new epistemological as well as practical challenges to many disciplines. Legal sciences have so far been at the margins of this intellectual renewal, with few contributions on the central role that the notion of Anthropocene could play in forging a more effective and just environmental law. By applying a multidisciplinary approach and adopting a Law as Culture paradigm to the study of law, this book explores new paths of investigation and possible solutions to be applied. New perspectives for the constitutional framing of environmental policies, rights, and alternative methods for bottom-up participatory law-making and conflict resolution are investigated, showing that environmental justice is not just an option, but an objective within reach.

The book will be essential reading for students, academics, and policymakers in the areas of law, environmental studies and anthropology.

chapter |10 pages


ByDomenico Amirante, Silvia Bagni

part Part I|113 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Integral Ecology and Environmental Law in the Anthropocene

The Perspective of the Catholic Church
ByLuigi Colella

chapter 2|20 pages

Ecological Crisis

The Self, State and the Hindu Ethics
ByRajnish Saryal

chapter 3|19 pages

Ubuntu as a Normative Value in the New Environmental World Order

ByKyriaki Topidi

chapter 4|18 pages

Rights of Nature vs. Human Rights?

An Urgent Shift of Paradigms
ByRamiro Ávila Santamaría

chapter 6|20 pages

The Noble Eightfold Path in the Anthropocene

Buddhist Perspectives on Environmental Constitutionalism
ByEnrico Buono

part Part II|74 pages

Principles and Rules

chapter 7|21 pages

From the Principles of International Environmental Law to Environmental Constitutionalism

Competitive or Cooperative Influences?
ByPasquale Viola

chapter 8|20 pages

Environmental Constitutionalism Through the Lens of Comparative Law

New Perspectives for the Anthropocene
ByDomenico Amirante

chapter 9|19 pages

Ecosystem Rights and the Anthropocene in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

ByElizabeth Macpherson

part Part III|80 pages

Actions and Enforcement

chapter 11|20 pages

Courting the Environment

Public Interest Actions in the Global South
ByMaria Sarah Bussi

chapter 12|19 pages

The Enforcement of New Environmental Rights Through the Courts

Problems and Possible Solutions
BySilvia Bagni

chapter 13|19 pages

Vanguardism and Environmental Justice Developments in Colombia

ByLuis Armando Tolosa Villabona

chapter |20 pages


Final Rallying Call on the Brutal Realities of the Anthropocene and the Necessity of Cosmoprudence to Minimise Human Suffering
ByWerner Menski