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Race, Poverty and the Environment: Toward a Global Perspective

PAQ, Vol. 33 No. 4, (2009)

After setting environmental justice in a global context, this essay pursues four basic objectives. First, it identifies the fundamental challenges to global environmental protection as they appear today on the international policy agenda. Second, it problematizes these challenges from the EJ perspective. That is, it suggests how these challenges confront us not only with problems of environmental degradation but also with problems of social inequity. Third, it traces the problems of environmental degradation and inequity to their sources in the peculiar institutions and processes of international relations. And, finally, it suggests how the connections between these environmental problems and other international challenges complicate our efforts to achieve greater environmental equity at the global level.

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