Edited by Gary Craig
Chapter 19: Saving social justice and environmental justice in an age of tyranny and corruption
What has environmental justice to do with social justice? The answer to this question is that for humankind, the twin concepts of social and environmental justice are indivisible, two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other, especially today: an age of rapid environmental change. It is significant that the poor often have no input into the squandering of the earth’s resources and derive little benefit from it. Yet, it is usually they who pay the price for the riches of the more developed world: for example, child miners produce minerals for the wealthiest populations of the world and do so in the most degrading and oppressive of conditions. The lack of environmental justice applies equally to those who are poor, those suffering climatic disasters or who are forced to migrate. Mainstream economic theory fails to address the ways in which the environment is impacting on social justice. This chapter provides an analysis of their interaction.
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