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Individual Paper: Being fair with our "great kinship"

Environmental justice in Élisée Reclus’ works and its contemporary application

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Though the movements of environmental justice are relative new, in parallel with the emergence of a modern and critical environmentalism, sources of theoretical and philosophical background of this issue may be found in radical thinkers of nineteenth century, such as William Godwin, Henry D. Thoreau and John Stuart Mill. Within this intellectual climate, the French anarchist geographer, Élisée Reclus (1830-1905) is acknowledged as a proto-environmentalist thinker (Giblin 1986; Clark and Martin 2013) and also as a determinant milestone for the contemporary political and ethical implications of degrowth (Latouche 2012; Toro 2018). For Reclus, violent and unfair behaviors of social groups and aggressive and destroying attitudes of humans towards nature and non-human beings are intertwined issues. This paper would contribute to develop and solidify a theoretical and philosophical framework in order to explore relevant dimensions of environmental justice and degrowth. Reclus’ insights could be applied in political and cultural practices concerning to the mutual interaction between degrowth and environmental justice: inter- and intra-generational justice, the non-violence and peaceful strategies as vehicles to achieve fair and sustainable societies, antiutilitarian praxis for avoiding consumerist patterns, animal ethics and rights, consequentialist and deontological trends in the environmental justice issues, etc. (Demaria et al. 2013). Also, this paper will work in finding alliances between approaches complementary to environmental justice, from which degrowth has to be nourished: spiritual ecology, environmental ethics and ecopedagogy.


Day: 2018-08-23
Start time: 11:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: Moriskan (Spegeln)
Track: Critical Social Theories



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