Citizenship and the Environment

Citizenship and the Environment

Citizenship and the Environment

Citizenship and the Environment

Synopsis

This is the first book-length treatment of the relationship between citizenship and the environment. Andrew Dobson argues that ecological citizenship cannot be fully articulated in terms of the two great traditions of citizenship - liberal and civic republican - with which we have been bequeathed. He develops an original theory of citizenship, which he calls 'post-cosmopolitan', and argues that ecological citizenship is an example and an inflection of it. Ecological citizenship focuses on duties as well as rights, and these duties are owed non-reciprocally, by those individuals and communities who occupy unsustainable amounts of ecological space, to those who occupy too little.

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There is a European Union directive that calls for deep cuts in the amount of household waste sent to landfill sites in Britain—currently about 1400 of them. 'The EU Landfill Directive requires the UK to reduce the volume of biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill by 2010, with further reductions in 2013 and 2020. Failure to meet these targets could result in fines of up to £180 million per year' (Strategy Unit 2002 : 9). This leaves the British government with the tricky task of working out how best to wean the public and its institutions off the habit of throwing stuff away. Downing Street has a Strategy Unit charged with suggesting answers to such questions, and in November 2001 Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, announced a 'Strategy Unit Waste study', to be completed within a year. The Unit's proposals shed interesting light on the prevailing view of how to get people to do environmentally beneficial things when their inclination is not to do them.

The report notes that household waste is growing at 3 per cent annually—faster than GDP—and the authors wonder why (Strategy Unit 2002 : 8). The answer offered is that 'there are few . . .

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