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The Right of Nonuse$
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Jan G. Laitos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.001.0001

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Era V—The Age of Ecocentrism

Era V—The Age of Ecocentrism

(p.63) 7 Era V—The Age of Ecocentrism
The Right of Nonuse

Jan G. Laitos

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the fifth era of resource use and nonuse—the Age of Ecocentrism. In Eras II and III, resources were used in different ways by the user. In Era IV, nonusers became players and were able to slow, deter, or halt resource use by asserting their human-centric interests in resource nonuse. In Era V, where the resource has been conferred a right of nonuse, the resource is no longer a passive reflection of user and nonuser interests; the resource now has the legal ability to protect its ecocentric nonuse capabilities. The choice for the Era V resource is to contribute toward the furtherance of nonuse values by affirmatively asserting its right of nonuse, or to not contribute by existing without imposing the nonuse right.

Keywords:   environmental law, nonuse, ecocentrism

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