1. What are “environmental laws”?
Environmental law is a combination of state and federal laws aimed at protecting individuals from the negative consequences of environmental degradation. More specifically, environment law addresses pollution, natural resource management (including forests, minerals, and wildlife), and the environmental impact of human activity.
• Discussion: How do you feel about the role of the federal and state governments in protecting the environment? Are the environmental laws adequate? How should the burden of these laws be balanced against individual rights?