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‘Just sustainability’: the emerging discourse of environmental justice in Britain?

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Environmental justice is both a vocabulary for political opportunity, mobilization and action, and a policy principle to guide public decision making. It emerged initially in the US, and more recently in the UK, as a new vocabulary underpinning action by community organizations campaigning against environmental injustices. However, as the environmental justice discourse has matured, it has become increasingly evident that it should play a role in the wider agendas for sustainable development and social inclusion. The links between sustainability and environmental justice are becoming clearer and more widely understood in the UK by NGOs and government alike, and it is the potential synergy between these two discourses which is the focus of this paper. This paper argues that the concept of ‘just sustainability’ provides a discourse for policymakers and activists, which brings together the key dimensions of both environmental justice and sustainable development.
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Keywords: environment; justice; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, USA 2: Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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