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Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
From (Un)Just Presents to Just Futures

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ISBN 9780367902889
June 9, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through various international case studies presented by both practitioners and scholars, Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene explores how an environmental justice approach is necessary for reflections on inequality in the Anthropocene and for forging societal transitions toward a more just and sustainable future.

Environmental justice is a central component of sustainability politics during the Anthropocene – the current geological age in which human activity is the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Every aspect of sustainability politics requires a close analysis of equity implications, including problematizing the notion that humans as a collective are equally responsible for ushering in this new epoch. Environmental justice provides us with the tools to critically investigate the drivers and characteristics of this era and the debates over the inequitable outcomes of the Anthropocene for historically marginalized peoples. The contributors to this volume focus on a critical approach to power and issues of environmental injustice across time, space, and context—drawing from twelve national contexts: Austria, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Nicaragua, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and the United States. Beyond highlighting injustices, the volume highlights forward-facing efforts at building just transitions, with a goal of identifying practical steps to connect theory and movement and envision an environmentally and ecologically just future.

This interdisciplinary work will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners focused on conservation, environmental politics and governance, environmental and earth sciences, environmental sociology, environment and planning, environmental justice and global sustainability and governance. It will also be of interest to social and environmental justice advocates and activists.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Christine Winter  Preface, Dimitris Stevis  Part 1: Thinking on the Anthropocene  Introduction: Just Anthropocene?, Dimitris Stevis, Melinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Kathryn Powlen, Stephanie A. Malin, and Joshua Sbicca  Chapter 1: Examining the Anthropocene: A contested term in capitalist times, Stephanie Malin  Chapter 2: The selective invisibility of oil and climate injustice in the Anthropocene and beyond, Nino Antadaze  Part 2: EJ as Spatial Justice  Introduction: Conceptualizing Spatial Justice, Joshua Sbicca, Melinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Katie Powlen  Chapter 3: Environmental justice and autocracy in eastern Europe: The case of Hungary, Attila Antal  Chapter 4: Navigating environmental justice in Chile: The case of Pascua Lama, Sherrie Baver  Chapter 5: Towards socio-ecological inclusion: Scaling up housing innovation in Vienna, Michael Friesnecker and Roberta Cucca  Chapter 6: From water insecurity to water injustice: How tourism produces environmental injustice along Nicaragua’s "Emerald Coast", Sarah T. Romano and G. Thomas LaVanchy  Chapter 7: Jatropha bioenergy in Yucatán, Mexico: An examination of energy justice, Aparajita Banerjee  Chapter 8: Keeping it local: The continued relevance of place studies for environmental research and praxis, Michelle Larkins  Chapter 9: Determinants of household electricity in Mexico by income level, Mónica Santillán Vera, Lilia García Manrique, and Isabel Rodríguez Peña  Chapter 10: Environmental justice and the Sabal Trail pipeline, Julie A. Lester  Chapter 11: Injustices in implementing donor-funded climate change resilience projects in Bangladesh: North-South dichotomy?, Nowrin Tabassum  Part 3: Just Transitions Introduction: Pursuing Just Transitions: Growing from Seed to Blossom, Stacia Ryder, Katie Powlen, Melinda Laituri  Chapter 12: Just energy systems: Five questions and countless responses for regenerative energy communities, Matthew Burke  Chapter 13: Authoritarian environmentalism as just transition? A critical environmental justice examination of state environmental intervention in Northwestern China, KuoRay Mao, Qian Zhang, and Nefratiri Weeks  Chapter 14: Lessons from Tanzanian forest management: Justice in environmental and climate policy transitions, Jessica Omukuti  Chapter 15: Creating a just transition from the ground up, Caroline Farrell and Mad Stano  Chapter 16: Contested suburban mobilities: Towards a sustainable urbanism of justice and difference, Shimeng Zhou  Chapter 17: Seeds, chemical and stuff: The agency of things in (unjust) agriculture regimes, Matthew Comi  Chapter 18: "To have a garden is against the system": The revolutionary subjectivity of convivial labor for home kitchen gardeners in San José, CA, Gabriel Valle Part 4: Just Futures Introduction: Envisioning an equitable and just future, Katie Powlen, Stacia Ryder, Melinda Laituri  Chapter 19: Enhancing environmental and cultural justice outcomes under the National Environmental Protection Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, Matthew Rowe and Judson Finley  Chapter 20: One earth, one species history and one future: Earth justice in the Anthropocene, Saptaparni Pandit and Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha  Chapter 21: A framework for intergenerational justice: Objections and principles, Chaitanya Motupalli  Chapter 22: Conditional freedom: A governance innovation for climate justice, Rita Vasconcellos Oliveira  Chapter 23: "Building the Bigger We" for climate justice, Benjamin Goloff Conclusion: The Quest for Environmental Justice, Melinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Katie Powlen, Stephanie Malin, Joshua Sbicca, Dimitris Stevis

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Stacia Ryder, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Exeter, UK.

Kathryn Powlen, Phd student, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, USA.

Melinda Laituri, Professor, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Director, Geospatial Centroid at Colorado State University, USA.

Stephanie A. Malin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University, USA.

Joshua Sbicca, Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University, USA.

Dimitris Stevis, Professor of Politics at Colorado State University, USA.


"This impressive collection makes an important contribution to our understanding of environmental justice. With a refreshing and original focus on transitions and futures, it is highly recommended for anyone interested in how environmental inequalities are made and sustained, and how, crucially, we might imagine and achieve a more just future." - Neil Simcock, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

"This is an impressive volume, with a distinctively critical and international perspective, drawing together fresh voices on the challenges and possibilities of just transitions across different sites and settings. Its multi-scalar, multi-species and intersectional scope puts it at the cutting edge of contemporary environmental justice scholarship." - Professor Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK.

"This impressive, interdisciplinary collection makes important contributions to the field of critical environmental justice studies in its broad examination of the social and ecological inequities intrinsic to the 'Anthropocene.' Grounded in a wide range of case studies from diverse national contexts, the chapters draw on foundational concepts of spatial and intergenerational justice to analyze the degree to which our go-to 'sustainability solutions' will in fact bring about the just transitions they promise. From the complexities of bioenergy justice initiatives in Yucatán, Mexico, to climate transition strategies in Tanzanian forest management policies, to the challenges and prospects of intersectional climate justice organizing in California, the authors provide original and forward-facing assessments of what is needed to move from '(un)just presents to just futures'."Giovanna Di Chiro, Professor of Environmental Studies, Swarthmore College, USA.