That idea runs contrary to recent law, where government assumes that job. Environmental protectoin, in the current way of thinking, is a subject for potential regulation. But local communities are finding that government regulation does not go far enough for them. They want something more.
The people in Pittsburgh are the latest group to do something about it. Pittsburghians have worked hard for decades to clean up the air and water in the city. And they have transformed the once dirty steel town into something far more livable. Now they are threatened — or at least they perceive that they are threatened — by fracking.
The city has reacted by creating a “right to nature”. This enables citizens to take stesp to protect nature in court. It is part of an interesting strend.