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Justice and the EnvironmentConceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Theories of Distributive Justice$
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Andrew Dobson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294956.001.0001

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‘Critical Natural Capital’ and Social Justice (Part I)

‘Critical Natural Capital’ and Social Justice (Part I)

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Justice and the Environment

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Explores the relationship between the first conception of sustainability and distributive justice, and examines the compatibility between them. The key sustainability question is ‘what is to be distributed?’ and the answer in this first case is ‘critical natural capital’. Concludes that compatibility will only ever be contingent, since sustainability is about preserving or conserving natural capital while justice is about distributing it fairly.

Keywords:   critical natural capital, environmental sustainability, natural capital, social justice

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