ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTITUTIONALISM IN NIGERIA
ARE WE THERE YET?
Environmental constitutionalism, sometimes termed ‘green constitutionalism’, refers to the environmental governance and the legal framework with which to protect environmental conditions and natural resources. The constitution is the organic and fundamental law of a nation or state. It is a fact that Nigeria’s environmental regime is ineffective because the anthropogenic factors that cause environmental degradation remain unaddressed, and the government remains unconcerned to enforce binding environmental obligations. This article examines the question of the nature and extent of constitutional protection for the environment in Nigeria – practical approaches to better realize or constitutionalize environmental rights guaranteed under international, regional and Nigerian laws. It
probes how we can utilize existing constitutional and international human rights treaties to advance environmental goals and how the existing constitutional rights can be invoked to protect the environment.