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Troublemakers: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Scotland

By: Kevin Dunion

Edinburgh University Press

Paperback | May 2003 | #144607 | ISBN: 0748617817
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This book, a unique insight into the nature of environmental campaigning in Scotland, draws on international as well as Scottish case studies and covers: The failure to make the polluter pay; Community attitudes to risk and loss of trust in scientists; The response of companies and authorities to challenge; and Conflicts over jobs versus the environment.

Gives a real insight into what the high-sounding pricniple of environmental justice actually means in practice, and demonstrates how critical it is to our future. -- What on Earth? magazine (Friends of the Earth) This book explains what the problems are with our planning system, how it needs to be changed and what the present problems are in challenging unwanted developments. -- Robin Harper, MSP for the Scottish Green Party Those who make trouble make progress. Kevin Dunion is a veteran trouble-maker, and his compelling account of people campaigning for environmental justice will inspire others to do the same. Kevin Dunion chronicles relentlessly the attempts of people, and failure of the system, to provide Scots with an acceptable environment ... This book sets out many examples of successful troublemaking, as well as highlighting the changes which should be made to bring about good living conditions for all. How big is the environment? The whole world? Or your backyard? Or, as Kevin Dunion sees it, both? He takes the slogan 'act local, think global' very seriously in his account of Scottish environmental injustices in Troublemakers. The greedy importers of garbage who fill the dumps that plague Scottish neighbourhoods are pursuing profit across national boundaries. Roads are undermined by coal extraction, beaches are polluted - and all this can be traced back to international corporate pressures. So for a guide on how to kick up a stink about a stink, this is great stuff: foul deeds, telling successes and an end to helplessness in the face of environmental insults. Gives a real insight into what the high-sounding pricniple of environmental justice actually means in practice, and demonstrates how critical it is to our future. This book explains what the problems are with our planning system, how it needs to be changed and what the present problems are in challenging unwanted developments. Those who make trouble make progress. Kevin Dunion is a veteran trouble-maker, and his compelling account of people campaigning for environmental justice will inspire others to do the same. Kevin Dunion chronicles relentlessly the attempts of people, and failure of the system, to provide Scots with an acceptable environment ... This book sets out many examples of successful troublemaking, as well as highlighting the changes which should be made to bring about good living conditions for all. How big is the environment? The whole world? Or your backyard? Or, as Kevin Dunion sees it, both? He takes the slogan 'act local, think global' very seriously in his account of Scottish environmental injustices in Troublemakers. The greedy importers of garbage who fill the dumps that plague Scottish neighbourhoods are pursuing profit across national boundaries. Roads are undermined by coal extraction, beaches are polluted - and all this can be traced back to international corporate pressures. So for a guide on how to kick up a stink about a stink, this is great stuff: foul deeds, telling successes and an end to helplessness in the face of environmental insults.


Contents

1. Troublemakers; 2. Whose Environment is it anyway?; 3. Cowboys and Sheriffs; 4. Small Lives, Big Risks; 5. Jobs versus the Environment; 6. Best Laid Plans; 7. Trying to Silence the Troublemakers; 8. What do you know?; 9. Environmental Justice for Scotland.

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Biography

Kevin Dunion headed Friends of the Earth Scotland for over a decade, in which time he was also Chairman of Friends of the Earth International. An Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Environmental Planning at the University of Strathclyde, he has served on the Scottish Executive's Cabinet Sub-committee for a sustainable Scotland and on the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage.He has now been appointed by the Scottish Parliament to be the first Scottish Information Commissioner.

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