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This study explores one of the dimensions of the value-knowledge system needed in any movement towards humane governance for the planet: the ecological sustainability and integrity of the Earth's environment. The text begins from the premise that whilst environmental knowledge and values have developed rapidly, their development must not overwhelm consideration of other core "humane" values: peace, social justice and human rights. The book's contributors explore a variety of ethical issues that must inform future global regulation of the Earth's environment.
List of Tables and Figures - List of Abbreviations - Global Capitalism, Ethics and Governance; N.Low & B.Gleeson - PART I: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, ETHICAL DILEMMAS - Towards Sustainability; J.Spangenberg - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Beyond Monitoring; E.Edmondson - The International Politics of Declining Forests; M.Jokela - Maximising Justice for Environmental Refugees: A Transnational Institution on Behalf of the Deterritorialised; A.Semmens - Environmental Accountability and Transnational Corporations; D.Humphreys - PART II: TOWARDS A GLOBAL ETHICS - An Environmentalist Grand Narrative; A.Gare - Human Rights and the Environment: Redefining Fundamental Principles?; K.Bosselman - Planetary Citizenship, Definition and Defence of an Ideal; J.Thompson - An Ethics of Care for the Environment in Conditions of Conflict; J.Tully - Environmental Ethics and the Obsolescence of Existing Political Institutions; P.Laslett - PART III: HUMANE GOVERNMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT - Environmental Justice and Global Democracy; W.Achterberg - Cosmopolitan Democracy; D.Archibugi - An International Court of the Environment; A.Postiglione - Humane Governance and the Environment; R.Falk - Index
BRENDAN GLEESON is Deputy Director of the Urban Frontiers Program, University of Western Sydney, Australia. His research interests include the political economy of planning, urban social policy, environmental theory and policy. He is co-author (with Nicholas Low) of Justice, Society and Nature: an Exploration of Political Ecology (1998). This book received the prestigious Harold and Margaret Sprout award in 1999 from the International Studies Association. He has also co-edited two books with Nicholas Low on aspects of urban and environmental policy. - NICHOLAS LOW is Associate Professor in Environmental Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely in the fields of urban planning and ecological politics. He is co-author (with Brendan Gleeson) of Justice, Society and Nature: an Exploration of Political Ecology (1998). This book received the prestigious Harold and Margaret Sprout award in 1999 from the International Studies Association .