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 4: Radical well-being alternatives to development

Ashish Kothari


In the search for approaches to development that are sustainable and equitable, there is increasing focus on frameworks, such as ‘green economy’ and ‘sustainable development’. However, these are unlikely to do much more than somewhat postpone the ecological and social collapse humanity is headed towards. Instead, we need to understand, explore and promote a diversity of fundamental, systemic alternatives that are available in various parts of the world, including ancient ones like buen vivir and ubuntu, and newer ones like radical ecological democracy, degrowth, solidarity economies and the commons. This chapter explores these alternatives, with a focus on learnings from practical and conceptual churnings taking place in South Asia in particular, but referring also to some initiatives in other parts of the world.

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