Action-research and environmental justice

Lessons from Guatemala’s Chixoy Dam

Authored by: Barbara Rose Johnston

The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138786745
eBook ISBN: 9781315766355
Adobe ISBN: 9781317660194

10.4324/9781315766355.ch18

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Abstract

The term suggests an idealized goal, a hopeful outcome of political struggle to secure acknowledgment that injustices have occurred, responsible parties will apologize, and remedial action will occur to repair human and environmental harm. It is a catchall phrase deployed by those who study as well those who fight for transformative change. Environmental justice struggles seek to achieve fundamental alterations in the architecture of power by confronting that which is denied—life-threatening conditions that are the inequitable result of corruption and dysfunctional governance. In essence, environmental justice demands governance that, first and foremost, prioritizes an environmental humanity.

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