On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm conference that created the United Nations Environmental Programme, it is clear that the global environmental situation has only deteriorated. In “Our Earth Matters: Pathways to a Better Common Environmental Future,” an extended special issue of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL), leading scholars from more than five continents call for an honest introspection of what has been attained over the last 50 years relating to regulatory processes and laws and explore future trajectories with new ideas and frameworks for environmental governance in the 21st century. https://environmentalpolicyandlaw.com/news-blog/current-global-environmental-law-and-policy-are-failing-experts-say