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Aktuelles: Sonderheft "Narratives and practices of environmental justice" erschienen


The ecological crises and its impacts regularly make it into the headlines: Incredible destruction after natural hazards such as wildfires, driving bans for diesel cars, or an ocean of plastic. All of these stories raise questions about how our societies adapt to and transform while nature is changing. Yet, the headlines can also be narrated as examples of environmental (in)justice: A relatively small and wealthy part of the global population claims an ever increasing share of the planet’s resources while polluting and destructing marine and terrestrial habitats. Negatively affected by these developments are especially those groups that are least responsible for them. Moreover, many of the dominant policies at global, national or local scale are based on market-driven efficiency logics, transferring the burden to those places with lower opportunity costs and less participation opportunities as well as political influence. This special issue aims at exploring how discourses and narratives shape our understanding of nature and justice and in how far the disruptions are considered or should be considered as instances of environmental justice. 

The concept of environmental justice became a popular narrative of advocacy groups fighting for fair distribution of toxic facilities in the US and has traveled around the world (Martin et al. 2013). By strategically employing collective action frames and narratives, social movements have marked human-nature-constellations as unjust, there with mobilizing political support for their respective cause (Sicotte and Brulle, 2018: 29; Pezzulo, 2001). The academic debate on environmental justice initially focused on the distribution of environmental costs (e.g. toxic waste, air pollution), expanded towards the distribution of environmental goods (e.g. green urban space) and to questions of procedural justice, recognition, access to information as well as knowledge production and participation opportunities in decision making processes related to environmental questions.

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