Notions of ecological citizenship in climate justice campaigns

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Star, Cassandra. 2005. "Notions of ecological citizenship in climate justice campaigns." Star, Cassandra (ed.) Ecopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century. Brisbane, Australia 04 - 06 Jul 2005 Brisbane, Australia.
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Notions of ecological citizenship in climate justice campaigns

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AuthorStar, Cassandra
EditorsStar, Cassandra
Journal or Proceedings TitleEcopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century: Conference Proceeedings
Number of Pages18
Year2005
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN190295239X
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.ecopolitics.org.au/2005/
Conference/EventEcopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century
Event Details
Ecopolitics XVI: Transforming Environmental Governance for the 21st Century
Event Date
04 to end of 06 Jul 2005
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

In the climate change debate, organisations within the environment movement who stress a specific type of differentiated approach have come to be referred to as climate justice campaigns. These campaigns advocate an approach based on the recognition of historical contributions to the problem, an awareness of the colonial past, and current resource extraction. Thus they advocate solutions to the problem that recognise these inequities. Through the embrace and application of the environmental justice “lens” to the issue of global warming, these groups advocate a very particular position on global environmental issues.

The criteria of justice necessitates that groups and movements who subscribe to this viewpoint reconsider important questions re-presented by shared ecological issues. Thorny challenges around individualism versus community, disjunctures between human beings and their consumption, issues around the displacement of environmental damage (physical and temporal), as well the human relationship with the environment is re-problematised. In doing so, this paper argues, climate justice campaigns have contributed to the discussion around an “ecological citizenship”. A distinct conception of what this citizenship might entail is implicit in the work of climate justice groups. This notion of ecological citizenship includes a right to sustainable and equitable consumption and environmental space, as well as the recognition of ecological debt and borrowing, the importance of compensation and protection, as well as respect for sovereignty, human, cultural and identity rights in relation to the consideration of environmental issues.

Keywordscitizenship, human rights, sustainable consumption
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440811. Political theory and political philosophy
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