Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Maria Garner

First Page



This Note proposes an alternative to the current international legal system for addressing the worldwide environmental crisis. The author describes the conditions of the environment and argues that the current legal system is incapable of responding to the already severe global environmental crisis. The author suggests that a network of environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can obtain results that are currently beyond the capabilities of either individual states or traditional international organizations. The main function of this type of network would be to collect and disseminate information to facilitate environmental action. The author also proposes a specific construction for an environmental network. This network could act as a proponent of environmentally sound practices and as a watchdog for damaging events. Finally, the author suggests that an environmental NGO network could be most effective if it is recognized by, but not controlled by, an international organization or agreement. Regardless of the methods used, the author urges that this environmental action must occur immediately.