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Understanding environmental justice: making the connection between sustainable development and social justice

Adebowale Maria

in Social justice and public policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349347
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.003.0013
Understanding environmental justice: making the connection between sustainable development and social justice

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This chapter tries to provide an understanding of environmental justice. It starts with the concepts of environmental justice and sustainability both at the UK and global levels. It explores the constructs of governance, human rights, and participation, and then focuses on the interpretation of environmental justice at policy and grassroots levels in the UK. The social distribution of the urban and natural environment and its links to income and ‘race’ are examined. The chapter ends with reflections on how theory and interpretation interact with social policy.

Keywords: environmental justice; sustainability; constructs; social justice; human rights; participation; social distribution; grassroots level

Chapter.  8764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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