The military commander's responsibility for the environment
Merrit P. Drucker
Law of the environment and armed conflict
Cheltenham ; Northampton : E. Elgar, 2017
First published in Environmental ethics, 11(2), Summer 1989.
The author of this article argues that military commanders have professional responsibilities for the environment in both peace and war. Peacetime responsibilities arise out of the commander's general responsabilities as an agent of the state. Wartime responsibilities are part of the commander's responsibility to protect noncombatants and to protect an environment that is the inherently valuable heritage of mankind. Commanders must assume some risk to protect the environment.