New Philosophy

Environmental Philosophy

How is environmentalism related to racial and international studies?

Theorists of racial discrimination such as Laura Westra and Bill E. Lawson have identified “environmental racisms.” Minorities, who live in poor neighborhoods, are more vulnerable to having toxic dump sites in their immediate environments, for example. Some indigenous philosophers have criticized the whole Western technological project. By contrast, international scholars have criticized Western environmentalists for assuming that development in poor countries for the improvement of human life is less important than the preservation of nature.


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