The Magna Carta and successors recognize a right to the environment as central to human existence. Along with associated rule of law and due process, 193 national charters recognize such a right — but not the U.S. Constitution. This right does lie latent in America’s state constitutions, however, and can also be read into the federal document as well. Meanwhile, recognition of environmental rights is expanding globally.
Nicholas A. Robinson, The Most Fundamental Right, Envtl. F., Jan./Feb. 2019, at 46, https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1107/.