Successful negotiation of multilateral environmental treaties poses a formidable challenge to the diplomatic community. The spread of environmental concerns through domestic and international politics has been steady since the late 1960s. Often, efforts to implement measures to protect the natural environment have pitted traditional sources of economic strength and political power against popular demands of active constituents and local communities. For the politically disenfranchised, the environment has provided access to discussions concerning industrial growth and the adverse impacts on communal living. Many of the impacts felt from environmental politics stem from local affairs, but they have implications for global politics that are increasingly audible, specifically among developed nations.
"Environmental Imperatives and International Relations Canada’s challenge to environmental diplomacy,"
The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/agsjournal/vol1/iss1/5