Inequality and the Environment

by Adam

Inequality and the Environment”

 

James Boyce supports the idea that by respecting nature’s limits and investing in nature’s wealth, humans can protect and enhance the environment’s ability to sustain our well-being. Yet the present way humans interact with nature is tied intimately to how humans interact with each other. For Example, those who are relatively powerful and wealthy typically gain disproportionate benefits from the economic activities that degrade the environment, while those who are relatively powerless and poor typically bear disproportionate costs. All else equal, wider political and economic inequalities tend to result in higher levels of environmental

harm. For this reason, efforts to safeguard the natural environment must

include polices that achieve a more equitable distribution of power and wealth in human societies. Globalization – the growing integration of markets and governance worldwide – today poses new challenges and new opportunities for both of these goals.

This full article can be found at http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/cvs/boyce_items/Boyce_RSPPP_2008.pdf