Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local by JoAnn Carmin, Julian Agyeman

By JoAnn Carmin, Julian Agyeman

This ebook is a shining instance of engaged scholarship. Carmin and Agyeman goal to boost our realizing of, and skill to behave upon, environmental inequalities all over the world, they usually accomplish that twofold target properly. In my box of city and neighborhood making plans, the position of associations that the publication highlights is more and more key, and that i see this e-book as an exceptional contribution to my box in addition to to sociology, political technological know-how, anthropology, overseas stories, ethnic experiences, and environmental overall healthiness reports. -- Keith Pezzoli , city reports and making plans application, college of California, San Diego

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Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality. New York: Basic Books. Yohe, Gary. 2000. Assessing the role of adaptation in evaluating vulnerability to climate change. Climatic Change 46(3):371–390. Young, Iris Marion. 1990. Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 3 Learning from the Quest for Environmental Justice in the Niger River Delta Max Stephenson Jr. and Lisa A. Schweitzer The peoples of the Niger River Delta have been engaged in ongoing struggles to secure some measure of genuine development from the continued oil production in their territory (Okonta and Douglas 2001) despite the ecological degradation that accompanies those processes (Moffatt and Linden 1995).

This positioning of the natural resource base within the local development debate reflects the fact that it has been conceptualized and promoted as green infrastructure, providing a range of developmentally critical ecosystem services. These ecosystem services include “clean air, climate stabilization, rainfall, flood attenuation, marine resources, leisure and recreation areas, fertile soils, food, building materials, amenity and heritage” (EThekwini Municipality 2008,10). It is also acknowledged within the IDP that these services would be impossible, or extremely costly, to replace if they were to be lost to inappropriate and unsustainable development, and that residents depend fundamentally on the flow of theses goods and services for their survival (McCray, Hammill, and Bradley 2007).

In turn, variations in water conditions are highly problematic for maintaining existing fish stocks in Durban, with acute health and social consequences for the fishing communities engaged in and dependent on subsistence fishing. ). Many of these traditional communities have high levels of poverty and rely on local fisheries both for their livelihood and survival (Branch et al. 2002). Any danger to key ecosystems, such as estuarine and inshore marine environments, puts these subsistence-level communities at long-term risk of disappearing.

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