Justice, Posterity, and the Environment / Edition 1

Justice, Posterity, and the Environment / Edition 1

by Wilfred Beckerman, Joanna Pasek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199245088

ISBN-13: 9780199245086

Pub. Date: 08/09/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In rich countries, environmental problems are seen as problems of prosperity; in poor countries, they are seen as problems of poverty. Lack of clean drinking water and insufficient sanitation affect the here and now, whereas environmental problems in rich countries seem more likely to harm posterity. This book addresses these issues, arguing that we have moral

Overview

In rich countries, environmental problems are seen as problems of prosperity; in poor countries, they are seen as problems of poverty. Lack of clean drinking water and insufficient sanitation affect the here and now, whereas environmental problems in rich countries seem more likely to harm posterity. This book addresses these issues, arguing that we have moral obligations to take account of the interests of future generations and that our main obligation is to bequeath to them a more decent society in which there is greater respect for basic human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199245086
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/09/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethics and Economics in Environmental Policy
Part 1. Justice between generations
The Rights of Future Generations
Intergenerational Justice
Intergenerational Equity
Sustainable Development.
How Much Richer Will Future Generations Be?
Our Obligations to Future Generations
Part 2. Justice between individuals
The Intrinsic Value of the Environment
Plural Values and Environmental Valuation
Part 3. Justice between nations
International Justice and Sharing the Burden of Environmental Protection
International Justice and the Environment: Climate Change and Biodiversity
Conclusion

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