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Environment and Citizenship
Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement
Citizenship and the environment are hotly debated, as climate change places more responsibility on individuals and institutions in shaping policy. Using new evidence and cases from across the globe, Environment and Citizenship explores the new vocabulary of ecological citizenship and examines how successful environmental policy-making depends on the responsible actions of citizens and civil society organizations as much as on governments and international treaties. This accessible and thought-provoking book:
- provides a comprehensive and timely guide to the debates on environmental and ecological citizenship, expertly combining examples of practice with theory;
- examines how environmental movements have become increasingly involved in governance processes at the local, national, regional and intergovernmental levels;
- explores the increasing importance of corporations and transnational networks through examples of stakeholding processes and participatory research in environmental decision-making;
- calls on researchers, policy-makers and activists to face a new challenge: how to effectively link environmental justice with social justice.
Breaking new ground, Smith and Pangsapa address how environmental responsibility operates through politics, ethics, culture and the everyday experiences of ctivists, as well as how awareness of environmental and social injustice only leads to responsible actions and strategic change through civic engagement.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
'Clearly written, cleverly argued and comprehensively supported by evidence, Environment and Citizenship should be on everybody's reading list. A major contribution to the study of responsibility, justice and the environment.'
Bryan S. Turner, Co-editor of Citizenship Studies
'Truly essential reading. Written at a time when citizenship, justice and virtue ethics have made their way - at last - on to the top table of environmental and social thinking, Smith and Pangsapa have woven them all into a magisterial manifesto for sustainability, justice and civic engagement. Buttressed by case studies from around the world, leavened with recommendations for institutional reform, and with its sights set on the urban as much as the rural context, the book in your hands is an agenda-setting contribution to environmental and social thought and action.'
Andy Dobson, Keele University