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Climate change and povertyA new agenda for developed nations$
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Tony Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300878

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300878.001.0001

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Climate change and poverty

Tony Fitzpatrick

Policy Press

This chapter argues that natural assets have not been given sufficient attention in a range of literatures dealing with assets, poverty and justice, and social policy. It critiques a principled justification for ecological modernisation by proposing that intrinsic value should be at the heart of social thinking and reforms. This then inspires the first elements of an ecosocial account via a discussion of de/commodification, alienation and exclusion. This account argues that we lack sufficient control over socioeconomic resources and adequate synergies between socioeconomic and natural resources; it proposes both the socialisation of natural resources but also the ‘re-naturing’ of economic and social relations. The chapter closes by offering a preliminary definition of ecosocial poverty.

Keywords:   resources, assets, ecological modernisation, poverty and exclusion

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