Should trees have standing? (M. Warnock)

Author Mary Warnock Keywords Conflicts of interests, ethics, interests, romanticism, sentience, speciesism, standing, stewardship, wilderness Abstract The author argues that relevant distinctions between humans, animals and plants should be taken into account when considering the extension of standing to elements of the environment. She argues that the question of standing should not be confused with […]

Waking from Sustainability’s ‘Impossible Dream’ (D. Barnhizer)

Author David Barnhizer (Cleveland State University, USA) Keywords Sustainability, environmentalism, globalization Abstract As companies are expected to implement global codes of conduct such as the United Nations Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and governments and multilateral institutions supposedly become concerned about limiting the environmental and social impacts of business decision-making, it […]

Stifling environmental dissent: On SLAPPS and GUNNS (R. White)

Author Rob White Keywords Environmental issues, public participation, social activists, civil litigation Abstract This article discusses the use of civil litigation by companies against social activists as a means to stifle full public participation around environmental issues. Drawing on a recent Australian example, it demonstrates how the targeting of such legal action simultaneously defines the […]