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The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice (Paperback)
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The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice (Paperback)

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Paperback 184 Pages / Published: 08/12/2008
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This book presents an argument for environmental human rights as the basis of intergenerational environmental justice. It argues that the rights to clean air, water, and soil should be seen as the environmental human rights of both present and future generations. It presents several new conceptualizations central to the development of theories of both human rights and justice, including emergent human rights, reflexive reciprocity as the foundation of justice, and a communitarian foundation for human rights that both protects the rights of future generations and makes possible an international consensus on human rights, beginning with environmental human rights. In the process of making the case for environmental human rights, the book surveys and contributes to the entire fields of human rights theory and environmental justice.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521696142
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm


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'The Human Right to a Green Future does provide a good survey and application of political and philosophical thinkers and their reflections on justice and human rights ... the book is a welcome addition for researchers considering issues of environmental human rights from a theoretical and multi-disciplinary perspective.' Andrew Sanger, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues
'... Richard P. Hiskes offers a highly original ... response with The Human Right to a Green Future. What is original about this work is the way in which [he] combines arguments from the realms of human rights and intergenerational justice in an attempt to make a case for, as he puts it, 'gathering the collective will necessary to preserve the planet' ... Hiskes sets the bar laudably high for those communities that his argument can comfortably and rather uncontroversially be extended to, namely, western liberal democratic states with a settled political culture and stable political institutions.' International Affairs
'This is a far-reaching book that presents a seminal interpretation of intergenerational justice and a renewed landscape for rights, justice and community. Hiskes' narrative is saturated with responses to salient figures in philosophy and political theory. I regret that [this] synopsis cannot capture the range and richness of his account.' Human Rights Review
"...the book argues strongly for creating a legal framework for environmentalism as a component of human rights. If the implied program of environmental constitutionalism were adopted, it could provide a basis for legal activism within states, where environmentalists would have an increasingly robust set of international norms to demand accountability and action from governments." Finally, although the book focuses on empowering local actors to demand environmental compliance, the eventual result will be the reification of universal environmental rights as more states link environmentalism to broadly held norms on human welfare. For environmental studies scholars, advocates, and activists, this legalist framework provides a basis for generating political will at the local level for green policy." - Reviewed by Kemi Fuentes George, Department of Government, the College of William and Mary
"...The Human Right to a Green Future is a provocative exploration of the use of rights language to address environmental issues. Readers interested in the philosophy of rights and justice will find a careful and well documented discussion of many of the major issues surrounding the expanding idea of human rights." The Law and Politics Book Review, David Dehnel, Augustana College

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