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Ecological inequalities: how to link unequal access to the environment with theories of justice?

  • Alexandre BERTHE (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113)
  • Sylvie FERRARI (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113)

Within the context of the large depletion of environmental resources, global pollution and damage to the ecosystem, new questions of justice have arisen. Based on this assessment, we present and discuss the usefulness of various conceptions of ecological inequalities. We adapt various theories of justice in order to define ecological inequalities normatively, identifying certain social objectives of ecological justice for the use of economists. We then apply those approaches to the case of a theoretical example based on island submersion in the context of climate change.

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Paper provided by Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée in its series Cahiers du GREThA with number 2012-17.

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