Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy

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Oxford University Press, Sep 26, 2002 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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Shrader-Frechette offers a rigorous philosophical discussion of environmental justice. Explaining fundamental ethical concepts such as equality, property rights, procedural justice, free informed consent, intergenerational equity, and just compensation--and then bringing them to bear on real-world social issues--she shows how many of these core concepts have been compromised for a large segment of the global population, among them Appalachians, African-Americans, workers in hazardous jobs, and indigenous people in developing nations. She argues that burdens like pollution and resource depletion need to be apportioned more equally, and that there are compelling ethical grounds for remedying our environmental problems. She also argues that those affected by environmental problems must be included in the process of remedying those problems; that all citizens have a duty to engage in activism on behalf of Environmental Justice; and that in a democracy it is the people, not the government, that are ultimately responsible for fair use of the environment.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
2 Distributive Justice Participative Justice and the Principle of Prima Facie Political Equality
23
3 Appalachians Access to Land and Procedural Justice
49
4 African Americans LULUs ami Free Informed Consent 71 Reverend Coleman and the South Side
71
The Case of Yucca Mountain
95
6 Native Peoples and the Problem of Paternalism
117
7 Risky Occupational Environments the Double Standard and Just Compensation
135
8 Developing Nations Equal Protection and the Limits of Moral Heroism
163
Public Responsibility for Environmental Justice
185
Notes
207
Index
261
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