Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South
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Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South

Edited by Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan

This comprehensive Research Handbook offers an innovative analysis of environmental law in the global South and contributes to an important reassessment of some of its major underlying concepts. The Research Handbook discusses areas rarely prioritized in environmental law, such as land rights, and underlines how these intersect with issues including poverty, livelihoods and the use of natural resources, challenging familiar narratives around development and sustainability in this context and providing new insights into environmental justice.
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Chapter 2: Justice, development and sustainability in the Anthropocene

Sam Adelman


Turbo-capitalism threatens to breach several ecological barriers through greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation and the exploitation of natural resources. This will intensify food and water insecurity and intensify the vicious cycle of unsustainable development and impoverishment. In this context, this chapter examines the links between justice, impoverishment, neoliberalism and biopolitics through a critique of flawed concepts such as sustainable development and green economy. It examines the scale and dimensions of a series of interconnected crises arising from climate change and environmental degradation. It argues that it is not possible to achieve climate or environmental justice without global justice, distributive justice or gender justice, alternative forms of development and an understanding that justice for human beings is impossible without justice for nature.

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