Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy

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Oxford University Press, Sep 26, 2002 - Philosophy - 288 pages
Shrader-Frechette offers a rigorous philosophical discussion of environmental justice. Explaining fundamental ethical concepts such as equality, property rights, procedural justice, free informed consent, intergenerational equity, and just compensation--and then bringing them to bear on real-world social issues--she shows how many of these core concepts have been compromised for a large segment of the global population, among them Appalachians, African-Americans, workers in hazardous jobs, and indigenous people in developing nations. She argues that burdens like pollution and resource depletion need to be apportioned more equally, and that there are compelling ethical grounds for remedying our environmental problems. She also argues that those affected by environmental problems must be included in the process of remedying those problems; that all citizens have a duty to engage in activism on behalf of Environmental Justice; and that in a democracy it is the people, not the government, that are ultimately responsible for fair use of the environment.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Distributive Justice Participative Justice and
Appalachians Access to Land and Procedural Justice
African Americans LULUs and Free Informed
The Case
Native Peoples and the Problem of Paternalism
Risky Occupational Environments the Double
Developing Nations Equal Protection and the Limits
Public Responsibility
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