Through science, policy and advocacy, we expose environmental injustice.
Dr Mike Joy is a senior lecturer at Massey University's Institute of Agriculture and Environment where he researches and teaches in ecology and environmental science. He is the inaugural recipient in 2017 of the academic Critic and Conscience of Society Award for his environmental advocacy.
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All around us we see the life-supporting capacity of the planet compromised. This is most obvious in New Zealand with the multiple crises in climate, freshwater and biodiversity. These crises have happened because individuals and companies have been allowed to privatise their profits and socialise their losses, this is what we call environmental injustice.
A healthy environment is a non-optional common good. When it is compromised to make a select group richer it makes all of us poorer, which is unjust.
Harm done to the environment does harm to all, if not immediately then future generations. New Zealanders alive now, and all generations to come, deserve a safe healthy environment. No generation has the right to jeopardise future generations.
But environmental justice goes further than that, because the ‘environment’ has a life force of its own, it is made up of an incredible complex and diverse biology that all have a right to existence. If this life force is compromised it is unjust.
Where harm to people and place has been done, those responsible for it need to take responsibility.
In which environmental policy-making, regulation and enforcement is ecologically just, for the care and benefit of:
~ all of society not a select few
~ for the natural world, that has as much right for existence as anyone
~ for future generations.
First, to expose environmental and ecological injustice.
Second, to confront privilege and power structures that are or have been unjust.
Third, to ensure the life force (mauri) of the environment, and all creatures whose home is that environment, are protected in their own right.
Fourth, to restore kaitiakitanga, and strive for meaningful involvement of all people in listening and speaking for their place.