New York, NY
23 febrero 2011
By Professor James K. Boyce
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
How humans interact with the natural environment is intimately tied to how we interact with each other. Those who are relatively powerful and wealthy typically gain disproportionate benefits from economic activities that degrade the environment, while those who are relatively powerless and poor typically bear disproportionate costs. All else equal, wider human inequalities tend to result in higher levels of environmental degradation. For this reason, efforts to safeguard the natural environment must go together with efforts to achieve more equitable distributions of power and wealth in human societies.
James K. Boyce is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and director of the environment program at the Political Economy Research Institute. His books include Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (2007); Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (2003); and The Political Economy of the Environment (2002). He won the 2011 Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage Award for his article "Is Inequality Bad for the Environment?".
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