More from the new nef/Oxfam report

Environmental justice is centred on the basic human right to a clean and healthy environment.

That\’s wrong for a start. A  clean and healthy environment is a luxury good, not a human right.

If your starting point is such wibble then you\’re bound to go seriously awry, aren\’t you?

Sorry, much to bored with this to read further.


6 thoughts on “More from the new nef/Oxfam report”

  1. I don’t believe in human rights. We have Civil Rights – they are part of the civis to which we belong; as are sundry civil duties. Once again, the Martin Luther King generation was clearer headed than succeeding ones.

  2. Actually, I disagree in several respects.
    I have a right not to be polluted by someone else’s activity.
    I have a right to insist, if necessary via my community collectively, that polluters should pay for damage they can be proved to do.
    I have a right to claim “Pigouvian taxes” to offset the damage.
    I agree with you, though, that I don’t have the right to impose punitive costs without evidence of damage, in pursuit of an Arcadian ideal of a “clean environment”.
    And that we can only come close to that ideal if we are really rich in historic terms.

  3. Is it no the fashion to aggresively say that everything is a ‘right’.
    From the ‘dont send them to prison – they have rights’ to the ‘dolphins shoud be happy’ lot.
    And the people doing the advocating seem to get government casgh and media attention.

  4. “I have a right not to be polluted by someone else’s activity.”

    I don’t reckon that is a basic human right at all. Every time you take a bath, or wash your clothing, you are contributing t

  5. .. the pollution of the waterways.

    Alternatively we could all decide to never get washed again. It would be interesting to see how well we can stink the place up that way.

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