The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: Foreword and Chapter 1
The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development. Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Sara L. Seck, eds. Cambridge University Press: 2021.
38 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2021 Last revised: 27 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 5, 2021
Despite the global endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals, environmental justice struggles are growing all over the world. These struggles are not isolated injustices, but symptoms of interlocking forms of oppression that privilege the few while inflicting misery on the many and threatening ecological collapse. This handbook offers critical perspectives on the multi-dimensional, intersectional nature of environmental injustice and the cross-cutting forms of oppression that unite and divide these struggles, including gender, race, poverty, and indigeneity. The work sheds new light on the often-neglected social dimension of sustainability and its relationship to human rights and environmental justice. Using a variety of legal frameworks and case studies from around the world, this volume illustrates the importance of overcoming the fragmentation of these legal frameworks and social movements in order to develop holistic solutions that promote justice and protect the planet's ecosystems at a time of intensifying economic and ecological crisis.
The downloadable document includes the table of contents, the contributor biographies, the foreword by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, and the introductory chapter by the editors.
Keywords: environmental justice, sustainable development, social development, intersectionality, race, gender indigenous environmental justice, Anthropocene, human rights, green economy, degrowth, Sustainable Development Goals
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