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The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Robert D Bullard)

Author

Robert D Bullard

Keywords

Environmental injustice, environmental justice, human rights, abuses, grassroots, globalisation, environmental racism

Abstract

In 1994, Sierra Club Books was proud to publish Dr. Robert D. Bullard’s “Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color”, a collection of essays contributed by some of the leading participants in the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, which focused attention on ‘environmental racism’ – racial discrimination in environmental policymaking and the enforcement of environmental protection laws and regulations. Now, picking up where that groundbreaking anthology left off, Dr. Bullard has assembled a new collection of essays that capture the voices of frontline warriors who are battling environmental injustice and human rights abuses at the grassroots level around the world and challenging government and industry policies and globalization trends that place people of color and the poor at special risk. Part I presents an overview of the early environmental justice movement and highlights key leadership roles assumed by women activists. Part II examines the lives of people living in ‘sacrifice zones’ – toxic corridors (such as Louisiana’s infamous ‘Cancer Alley’) where high concentrations of polluting industries are found. Part III explores land use, land rights, resource extraction, and sustainable development conflicts, including Chicano struggles in America’s Southwest. Part IV examines human rights and global justice issues, including an analysis of South Africa’s legacy of environmental racism and the corruption and continuing violence plaguing the oil-rich Niger delta. Together, the diverse contributors to this much-anticipated follow-up anthology present an inspiring and illuminating picture of the environmental justice movement in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Citation

Robert D Bullard, The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (San Francisco, Sierra Club Books, 2005)

Publication

The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution

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Translantic Movements of Justice: A Story of Inspiration and Diversity (O.W. Pedersen)

Author

Ole Windahl Pederson

Keywords

UK , environmental justice, NGOs, grassroots, civil rights

Abstract

This paper aims to analyze environmental justice in the United Kingdom (UK) in light of the achievements of the highly successful environmental justice movement in the United States. The paper describes how the various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots groups pursuing environmental justice aims in the UK have shaped their campaigning and methods, in spite of the lack of a civil rights movement upon which to base their work and draw inspiration from. This has forced the UK environmental justice groups to look elsewhere for inspiration and has led to a situation where the connotation of environmental justice is one of diversity and multiplicity. Nevertheless, and in spite of this diversity, the NGOs aspiring to achieve environmental justice in the UK have been successful in forcing the issue of equity and justice into the public debate and political scene in the UK.

Citation

(2009) 2 Environmental Justice 35

Paper

Translantic Movements of Justice: A Story of Inspiration and Diversity

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