Environmental Justice: National and International Dimensions

Authored by: Ruchi Anand

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671015
eBook ISBN: 9781315612935
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043546

10.4324/9781315612935.ch21

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Abstract

There is ample evidence that uncovers the disproportionate ways in which low-income communities and people of color the world over have had to bear a greater share of the serious ‘side-effects’, that is, environmental and health risks, that accompany developmental projects. These are also the people that are distanced from the political quarters where policy decisions are taken and power rests. For time immemorial, the poor of the world have helplessly witnessed the ruthless dumping of locally unwanted land uses (LULUs) such as garbage, toxic waste, incinerators, smelters, sewage treatment plants, chemical industries, highways and similar polluting facilities without any outcry but a sense of helplessness.

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