Introduction: When one size does not fit all: Environmental policy, social context, and social justice

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Department of Social Sciences


It is increasingly apparent that the currently dominant modes of production and consumption activities that define modern human societies are not suitable for sustaining a healthy global environment. From energy development to resource extraction to use of land and water, the pursuit of economic growth is having a devastating effect on the earth’s ability to sustain both human and non- human lives. Even with expensive ecological degradation and damage to other aspects of the biophysical world, economic growth has failed to solve and has even in cases aggravated persistent problems like poverty, economic destitution, and crises of health and well being, causing turmoil for many people and nations around the world.

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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Chelsea Schelly and Aparajita Banerjee; individual chapters, the contributors. Publisher’s version of record:

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Environmental Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability