Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
2013-2014 Faculty

Dr. Benjamin Howe

  • Social Justice and Measuring a Policy's Environmental Benefit

    Howe Final

    My work focuses on the role that considerations of social justice should play when evaluating whether a public policy is good for the environment. Many environmental philosophers and activists assume that a policy’s consequences for social justice and its ecological benefits ought to be measured separately. This implies that a policy could be bad for social justice, yet good for the environment. However, given that international agreements are necessary for addressing anthropogenic climate change, I argue that some policies that undermine widely-held views about social justice cannot be considered good for the environment because violations of social justice tend to undermine the diplomatic relations that are necessary for fostering international agreements.