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On the notion of ecological justice

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  • Stefanie Glotzbach

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    (Sustainability Economics Group, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)

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    The increasing loss of ecosystem services severely affects life perspectives of today’s poor and future persons. Thus, governing the use of ecosystem services in an intragenerational and intergenerational just way is an urgent issue. I develop a conception of ecological justice that establishes the specific link between justice and ecosystem services, and argue that specific demands on a conception of ecological justice follow from determining ecosystem services as objects of justice. Showing that Rawls’ “A Theory of Justice” (1971) can consistently meet the identified demands, I verify that it is an appropriate theory for deriving a conception of ecological justice.

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    Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 204.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: May 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:204

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    Keywords: ecological justice; ecosystem services; global justice; intergenerational justice; environmental ethics.;

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    1. Oluf Langhelle, 2000. "Sustainable Development and Social Justice: Expanding the Rawlsian Framework of Global Justice," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 9(3), pages 295-323, August.
    2. Carsten Helm & Udo E. Simonis, 2001. "Distributive Justice in International Environmental Policy: Axiomatic Foundation and Exemplary Formulation," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 10(1), pages 5-18, February.
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    4. Posner, Eric A. & Sunstein, Cass R., 2007. "Climate Change Justice," Working paper 452, Regulation2point0.
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