The Right to Nature: Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures

From Publisher Routledge’s Website:

Since the 2008 financial crash the expansion of neoliberalism has had an enormous impact on nature-society relations around the world. In response, various environmental movements have emerged opposing the neoliberal restructuring of environmental policies using arguments that often bridge traditional divisions between the environmental and labour agendas.

The Right to Nature explores the differing experiences of a number of environmental-social movements and struggles from the point of view of both activists and academics. This collection attempts to both document the social-ecological impacts of neoliberal attempts to exploit non-human nature in the post-crisis context and to analyse the opposition of emerging environmental movements and their demands for a radically different production of nature based on social needs and environmental justice. It also provides a necessary space for the exchange of ideas and experiences between academics and activists and aims to motivate further academic-activist collaborations around alternative and counter-hegemonic re-thinking of environmental politics.

This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and activists interested in environmental policy, environmental justice, social and environmental movements.


One Comment on “The Right to Nature: Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures”

  1. The Right to Nature is a great title because in economics this right is not properly shared and the writers who have tried to explain this are somewhat limited in how they can do so. I do hope that among the various authors included with their writings on this topic, is that of Henry George (the US self-taught economist of the 19th century). George’s classic work “Progress and Poverty” of 1879, explained how the unequal rights to nature, particularly land values, had resulted in an enigma in just wealth distribution . With so much technical progress, even in 1870, there was such a big difference between rich and poor people. This persists today for the same reason that George provided. He also proposed how to eliminate poverty, for which I suggest the concerned reader do a small amount of research!

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