Environmental Law in the 21st Century: Addressing the Global Climate Crisis

Jeremy Schulman
2 min readMar 25, 2023


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The global climate crisis is one of the greatest environmental challenges we face today. It has already begun to affect our health and well-being, our economy, and our way of life. The impacts will only increase as temperatures rise further, so it’s important that we understand what causes this problem and how we can prevent further harm from being done by climate change.

Climate Change: A Threat to Our Environment, Economy and Society

Climate change is a threat to our environment, economy and society. Climate change is a global issue that affects people everywhere on Earth. It’s caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels or clearing land for agriculture.

The effects of climate change are already being felt around the world — from rising sea levels to more extreme weather events like storms and floods — but they will become more severe if we don’t take action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels (the level at which scientists say we’re likely to experience irreversible changes).

The Role of Environmental Law in Addressing Climate Change

Environmental law is a tool for addressing climate change. It can be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment and protect certain species from extinction. Environmental law also helps ensure that companies are held accountable for their actions when it comes to environmental issues.

The Role of the Federal Government in Addressing Climate Change

The federal government has a central role in addressing climate change. The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set national standards for pollutants in the air and water, and enforce those standards by issuing permits for industrial activities that may cause pollution. In this way, the EPA can help ensure that companies do not exceed their permitted limits on emissions of greenhouse gases or other harmful substances into our shared environment.

Environmental law can play an important role in addressing climate change.

The role of environmental law is to help protect the environment. As climate change continues to be an urgent problem, it will become increasingly important for lawyers and policymakers to understand how we can best use existing legal tools in order to reduce carbon emissions and reduce their negative impacts on human health and well-being.


The world has entered a new era of climate change. As it becomes increasingly clear that we need to act now to address this crisis, environmental law will play an important role in ensuring our success. Environmental law allows us to protect the planet and its resources while also ensuring that businesses can operate in an



Jeremy Schulman

Bethesda MD. Commercial Litigation Attorney