Sustainable Development

Environmental justice and sustainability

Authored by: Robert William Collin , Robin Morris Collin

Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415838429
eBook ISBN: 9780203785300
Adobe ISBN: 9781135040727

10.4324/9780203785300.ch13

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Abstract

Contemporary inequity and distributional disparity pose a fundamental challenge to sustainable development. When sustainable development fails or ignores challenges based upon contemporary gender, race or ethnic disparities in income, health, housing, transportation and employment, these disparities will undermine successful development. Sustainability is difficult without repairing and restoring inherited and contemporary disparities which are inevitably reflected in ecosystems and environmental damage. The challenge of sustainable development is honest recognition of the historical roots of our current environment crisis as a critical leverage point for strategic change in how communities develop.

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