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The Search for Environmental Justice

The Search for Environmental Justice

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series

Edited by Paul Martin, Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Willemien du Plessis and Amanda Kennedy

This is an extended and remarkable excursus into the evolving concept of environmental justice. This key book provides an overview of the major developments in the theory and practice of environmental justice and illustrates the direction of the evolution of rights of nature. The work exposes the diverse meanings and practical uses of the concept of environmental justice in different jurisdictions, and their implications for the law, society and the environment.

Chapter 18: Inclusive practices, innovative collaboration, governance and recognising cultural capital: environmental law through a cultural lens

Johnnie Aseron, Neyooxet Greymorning and Jacqueline Williams

Subjects: environment, environmental law, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not for his or her self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and through concern for the future generations, the proper care of the environment. Australia and North America share highly urbanised characteristics: urban Australia comprises 87 per cent of population, urban USA 84 per cent, only 13 per cent of Australia’s population and 16 per cent of US residents live in the rural areas, which are 97 per cent of the landmass. Rural agrarian communities, and more particularly First Nations, often feel that their natural resource knowledge, interests and their connections to land are depreciated by the politically dominant resource governance paradigm. This chapter will explore the disparity and marginalisation of these communities to conversations about resource management and environmental justice.

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