Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship

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Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship


Edited by Matthew Cotton and Bernardo Heisler Motta

Year: 2011

Format: eBook


“Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship” is a compilation of theoretical and empirical works presented during the 9th Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship conference of the Inter-disciplinary Net in Oxford, U.K.

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Engaging with Environmental Justice: Governance, Education and Citizenship presents a range of works about the impact of science, economy, laws, education, practice, and policy on social groups and their surrounding environments. The chapters in this E-book go from the philosophical underpinnings of the causes of environmental injustices to case studies of the empirical work of practitioners who faced first hand the successes and failures of environmental practices and research. As a true inter-disciplinary compilation, this volume shows the links and the gaps between theory and practice and between viewpoints and disciplines. It exposes both the current fragility of the current state of environmental justice studies and the promise carried by initiatives that go beyond intellectual exercises and attempt to reach real integrated solutions for an ever pressing matter.

Matthew Cotton and Bernado Motta

Part I: Citizen Action for Environmental Protection
Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice
Irene Hoetzer

The Community’s Right to Know about Toxic Spills in the American Legislation
Bernardo Heisler Motta

The Role of Citizenship Responsibility for Environment within Individualized Society
Lukas Kala

Agent Orange and Its Victims: A Neglected Warning
Vu Le Thao Chi

Part II: Education and Environmental Transformation

Environmental Justice and Education: Transformative Perspectives
Silvia Pierosara

Exploring the Impact of Higher Education Experiences on Students’ Ecological Worldviews
Kerry Shephard

Social Learning: Towards Sustainable Waste Management in Tongatapu
Nina Šrot

A Study of Sustainable Social Progress in the Kingdom of Tonga
Tim Taylor

Achieving Environmental Literacy through Educational Outreach in an Undergraduate Environmental Science Program
Janet A. Paladino

Part III: Environmental Justice and the Law
Hunting Laws and the Animals
Christos Tsaitouridis

Inequality, Exclusion and Discrimination: The Mexican Biosafety Law
Wendy Cano and Andoni Ibarra

Rural Landholders in Queensland Australia: Legislation, Litigation and Litigants
Jo Kehoe

The Rural Community in Queensland Australia: Political Systems and the Politicization of Environmental Law
Jo Kehoe

The Cultural Impacts of Climate Change
Erika J. Techera

Part IV: Governing the Environment – State and Non-State Actors
NGOs’ Involvement in Developing the Aarhus Convention: A Case of a UNECE Conference
Radoslaw Stech

Eradicating the Water and Sanitation Crises via Unification
Phillip L. Thompson

A Role for Corporate Sustainability Strategy in the Garden City
Lisa Palframan, James O. Jenkins, Xiaoqiang Zhang

Part V: Engaging with Technology
Sharing and Shaping Perceptions: Dialogues with Expertise in the Deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies
Carla Alvial-Palavicino and Masaru Yarime

Public Participation in UK Infrastructure Planning: Democracy, Technology and Environmental Justice
Matthew Cotton

Succeed through Science? Science, Technology and Innovation as a Central Theme in a Scenarios Exercise to Guide a Societally-Centred Approach to Environmental Management
Gary Kass

A Bio-Integrated Model of Food Production Based on Scientific and Traditional Knowledge in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
Luis Domínguez-Trejo, Miguel R. Morales-Garza and Wendy Cano Domínguez

Part VI: Rethinking Climate Change
Climate and Agency: Post-Humanist Geographies and Environmental Change
Vanessa Burns

Adapting to Climate Change: Science, Scepticism and Philosophy
Ruth Irwin

The Climate Change Debate: Where Do We Go from Here?
Linda Hadfield

Matthew Cotton holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia where his thesis examined the social and ethical issues surrounding long-term radioactive waste management in the UK. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and Exeter University funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s ‘FlexNet: Thinking Networks’ project, where he examines issues of public and stakeholder deliberation in the development of future electricity systems. His published work on environmental ethics and public engagement appears in the journals Public Understanding of Science, Environment and Planning A, Environmental Values and the Journal of Risk Research.

Bernardo H. Motta is an assistant professor of communication studies at Bridgewater College. A former lawyer with a Ph.D. in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, Motta has worked as a consultant in International Environmental Law and Communication and as an environmental journalist. His research focuses on community right-to-know laws in environmental justice issues, environmental risk communication and corporate social responsibility.