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Climate Change Criminology$
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Rob White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203950

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203950.001.0001

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Climate change victims

Climate change victims

(p.79) Five Climate change victims
Climate Change Criminology

Rob White

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the notion of victimhood as this pertains to climate change. Each section deals with a specific victim category — non-human environmental entities, children and young people, and Indigenous communities. Each grouping has its own specific histories, stories, and issues. What perhaps unites the discussion is an underlying emphasis on adopting an ecocentric perspective that incorporates social and ecological justice. From a human perspective, ecocentrism attempts to strike a balance between the need to utilise resources for human survival and the need to develop rules that facilitate the benign use of the ecosphere. Thus, for example, ensuring the preservation of biocentric values becomes integral to maintaining long-term human needs. To do this means minimising the victimisation of both the human and the non-human — in essence, to assert a form of ecological citizenship.

Keywords:   victimhood, climate change, non-human environmental entities, young people, Indigenous communities, ecological justice, ecocentrism, human survival, biocentric values, ecological citizenship

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