14 Feb Core Environmental Principles for Environmental Laws, Policies and Legal Processes
The Environmental Law Centre recognizes that the environment is a public good that must be protected. The Environmental Law Centre’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 references several core environmental principles that are required for strong and effective environmental laws, policies and legal processes. These core principles are:
- precautionary principle,
- pollution prevention,
- polluter pays,
- cumulative impacts,
- intergenerational equity and
- public participation.
In addition to these core environmental principles, environmental laws, policies and processes must be:
- constantly improving
- reflect and contribute to evidence based best practices
- open, transparent and accountable
This document provides definitions of the core environmental principles that have been adopted by the ELC in its strategic plan. As well, there is a brief survey of case-law and statutes (federal and Alberta) that have referenced the core environmental principles. This document is intended only to provide definitions of the core environmental principles; it does not provide analysis of how successfully the core environmental principles have been implemented in Alberta.