The scale and severity of our environmental challenges are quickly becoming apparent. The Indian Ocean region features many places particularly vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, which will have profound social, economic, and cultural impacts. The increasing preoccupation with the state of the environment is also having significant political effects, including on the concept and content of citizenship. The language of citizenship has permeated environmental discourse and, conversely, environmental issues are often articulated in the language of citizenship.
This book explores environmental citizenship and civil society responses to environmental challenges in the Indian Ocean region. The articles provide practical insights to improve resilience and adaptation, as well as conceptual insights into the nature of environmental citizenship discourse and practice across this vast region, from Mauritius to Malaysia. The volume showcases the complex field of environmental citizenship through a wide range of approaches, and alongside closely related concepts, such as environmental governance, environmental education, environmental justice, and corporate social responsibility. In essence, the book provides a rich, diverse and multidimensional picture of environmental citizenship in the Indian Ocean region.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue in the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Environmental citizenship in the Indian Ocean region
1. Climate change adaptation: the need for an Indian Ocean regional metamorphosis
Victor R. Savage and Lin Qi Feng
2. Indian Ocean fisheries regulation: exploring participatory approaches to support small-scale fisheries in six States
3. Ecosocial work through corporate social responsibility: the case of company engagement with civil society in coastal communities in Mauritius
Brita Backlund Rambaree
4. Crisis, constitutionalism and the geographies of belonging: Indian eco-politics in the Anthropocene
Ramya K. Tella
5. Contradictions of citizenship and environmental politics in the Arabian littoral
Ian R. Simpson
6. Environmental citizenship for inclusive sustainable development: the case of Kelab Alami in Mukim Tanjung Kupang, Johor, Malaysia
Benito Cao is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Adelaide. He has a vast teaching experience and has received numerous teaching awards. He has published in the fields of identity politics, critical thinking, citizenship studies and environmental politics, and is the author of Environment and Citizenship (Routledge 2015).