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Reclaiming Nature

Reclaiming Nature

Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration

Edited by James K. Boyce
Sunita Narain
Elizabeth A. Stanton

Explores the relationship between the environment, human activity and social justice.

PDF, 440 Pages

ISBN:9781843313465

July 2007

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  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents

About This Book

In ‘Reclaiming Nature’, leading environmental thinkers from across the globe explore the relationship between human activities and the natural world. The authors draw inspiration and lessons from diverse experiences ranging from community-based fishery and forestry management to innovative strategies for combating global warming.  They advance a compelling new vision of environmentalism, founded on the link between the struggle to reclaim nature and the struggle for social justice. This book advances three core propositions: first, humans can and do have positive as well as negative effects on the natural environment.  By restoring degraded ecosystems and engaging in co-evolutionary processes, people can add value to nature's wealth.  Second, every person has an inalienable right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. These are not privileges to be awarded on the basis of political power, nor commodities to be allocated on the basis of purchasing power -- they are fundamental human rights. Third, low-income communities are not the root of the problem.  Rather they are the heart of the solution.  In cities and the countryside across the world, ordinary people are forging a vibrant new environmentalism that is rooted in the defense of their lives and livelihoods.

Reviews

'A refreshing liberation from the alluring half-truths of conventional economics and public policy.' —David Bollier, Editor, ‘OntheCommons.org’ and author of ‘Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth’

Author Information

James K. Boyce directs the Political Economy Research Institute’s Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment.

Sunita Narain is currently director of the Centre for Science and Environment and publisher of the fortnightly magazine ‘Down to Earth’.

Elizabeth A. Stanton is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Series

Anthem Frontiers of Global Political Economy

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Adding Value; Part II. Democratizing Access; Part III. Capturing Benefits; Part IV. Defending the Commons; About the Contributors; Index

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