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Know the ABC of 'Environmental Justice'
In environmental studies, legal studies, and social activism and at the international forums, people have started talking about "Environmental Justice" (EJ) to promote fair treatment and equitable participation of all people in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of environmental policies, laws, rules and regulations regarding environmental contamination, pollution and exploitation issues.
Currently, the concept of EJ is being looked from social process point-view and also as an interdisciplinary study that includes theories of the environment; economic development, political ecology and governance; justice and environmental law; environmental policy and planning, development and sustainability.

Joni Adamson and his associates, in their book "The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy" write that the EJ initiatives try to 'redress the disproportionate incidence of environmental contamination in communities of the poor and/or communities of colour, to secure for those affected the right to live unthreatened by the risks posed by environmental degradation and contamination, and to afford equal access to natural resources that sustain life and culture.'

Gordon Walker holds that since the environment is to be accessed by all people, therefore, the decisions regarding it should not favour one or a few communities since it has social, political, cultural and economic dimensions related ethics, fairness and social justice.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) - a UK-based non-profit organisation working internationally - stresses on the social action to 'protect the environment and defend human rights' with a mission 'to protect people and planet' as a part of social justice.

Here is my ABC verse to understand the concept of Environmental justice:

A: Aim is environmental equity on the bases of ethics, fairness and justice

B: Bearing the burden to clean up pollutants should lie with the producers

C: Creating safer and healthier workplace as well as neighbour environments by the polluting industries is their burden and responsibility

D: Development should be sustainable and protective of environment and life support

E: Equitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits need to be ensured

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