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‘Critical Natural Capital’ and Social Justice (Part I)

Andrew Dobson

in Justice and the Environment

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294955
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294956.003.0005
 ‘Critical Natural Capital’ and Social Justice (Part I)

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Explores the relationship between the first conception of sustainability and distributive justice, and examines the compatibility between them. The key sustainability question is ‘what is to be distributed?’ and the answer in this first case is ‘critical natural capital’. Concludes that compatibility will only ever be contingent, since sustainability is about preserving or conserving natural capital while justice is about distributing it fairly.

Keywords: critical natural capital; environmental sustainability; natural capital; social justice

Chapter.  17210 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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