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Global and Ecological Justice: Prioritising Conflicting Demands

Marcel Wissenburg

Environmental Values 15(2006): 425-439. doi: 10.3197/096327106779116131


'Global and ecological justice' (or some variant) is a very popular catchphrase in policy documents, treaties, publications by think-tanks, NGOs and other bodies. I argue that it represents an informal combination of four distinct and sometimes conflicting ideas: global justice, protection of the ecology, sustainability and sustainable growth. To solve the practical, conceptual and logical complications thus caused, a more precise interpretation of global justice and ecological justice is suggested, on the basis of which it is also possible to rank the two and re-interpret the further goals of sustainability and growth.

KEYWORDS: Global justice, ecological justice, political theory, sustainability

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Distributive Justice in International Environmental Policy: Axiomatic Foundation and Exemplary Formulation Carsten Helm and Udo. E. Simonis

Sustainable Development and Social Justice: Expanding the Rawlsian Framework of Global Justice Oluf Langhelle

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Virtual Water Trade, Sustainability and Territorial Equity across Phases of Globalisation in India. Maniklal Adhikary and Samrat Chowdhury

The Relationship between Intragenerational and Intergenerational Ecological Justice. Stefanie Glotzbach and Stefan Baumgärtner

Lose Less Instead of Win More: The Failure of Decoupling and Perspectives for Competition in a Degrowth Economy. Volker Mauerhofer

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