Ecological Integrity, environment, human rights, climate change, global warming, globalisation, vulnerability, environmental protection, communities, rights of indigenous peoples.
Westra, in this book, brings to the fore the horrors of ‘biological genocide’ that western developed countries have sought to perform on environments that indigenous peoples rely on for their survival. Nuclear testing and chemical spills on indigenous lands are all stories that are told in this book. Westra contends that the eco-footprint of western developed countries is a direct attack on both the right to survival and the right to self-determination of indigenous populations. Her solution, labelled the ‘biological/ecological integrity model’, she argues, is the best possible antidote against eco-footprint crime. She explains: ‘If the rights of indigenous peoples are based, first, on their rights to biological integrity and natural function; and second, these rights cannot be separated from the protection of the ecological integrity of their lands; then third, entrenching such rights would limit the freedom of Western industrial operations to commit crimes’
(2009) 21(2) Journal of Environmental Law, 385-387.
Environmental Justice & the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. International & Domestic Legal Perspectives.
Quality of life, environmental responsibility, sustainable development, communities, globalization
People want a better quality of life now, genuine environmental responsibility, and local control over their own futures. The Urban Village is a seminal intellectual and practical contribution to the construction of such possibilities. It introduces new ideas, like territorial patrimony, and sustainable, local-level autonomous development, describing both the methodological aspects and the visionary, alternative communities which could become possible. Professor Magnaghi sees these as being profoundly democratic, environmentally sustainable, and embodying sufficient local economic strength to resist globalization. Another potential gain would be an increase in social well-being as measured by the quality of life, solidarity, and the development of non-commercial caring relations.
Alberto Magnaghi, The Urban Village: A Charter for Democracy and Local Self-Sustainable Development (Zed Books, 2006)
The Urban Village: A Charter for Democracy and Local Self-Sustainable Development
Climate, environment, inclusion, local economy, sustainable communities
The public health movement has a strong tradition of identifying health problems and tackling these through economic, social and environmental improvements and through advocacy for people’s rights and entitlements. Since 9/11, and the floods, fuel crisis and foot and mouth disease in 2000-2001, the UK government has introduced the notion of ‘resilience’ – the requirement for statutory UK bodies to develop their capacity to respond to all major emergency risks from pandemic flu to terrorism. The new threats of environmental and climate change require public health practitioners to acquire new knowledge about ecology and climate change and to become advocates for equality, new economics, and sustainable development. The best efforts to promote health are also likely to be green, promoting and protective of human and environmental health as well.
(2008) 24 Medicine, Conflict and Survival 62-79
Environmental health, climate chaos and resilience