Indigenous environmental justice and sustainability


Indigenous environmental justice and sustainability
A distinct formulation of Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) is required in order to address the challenges of the ecological crisis as well the various forms of violence and injustices experienced specifically by Indigenous peoples. A distinct IEJ formulation must ground its foundations in Indigenous philosophies, ontologies, and epistemologies in order to reflect Indigenous conceptions of what constitutes justice. This approach calls into question the legitimacy and applicability of global and nationstate political and legal mechanisms, as these same states and international governing bodies continue to fail Indigenous peoples around the world. Not only do current global, national and local systems of governance and law fail Indigenous peoples, they fail all life. Indigenous peoples over the decades have presented a distinct diagnosis of the planetary ecological crisis evidenced in the observations shared as part of Indigenous environmental declarations.
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Indigenous environmental justice and sustainability
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume 43, April 2020, Pages 35-40
Date Created
April 2020
Deborah McGregor, Steven Whitaker, Mahisha Sritharan
Article Type
Scholarly Article
Indigenous Traditions
All audiences/General public
english Eco-Justice
english Human Health & Well-being
english Climate
english Energy
english Water
english Farms, Food, Gardens