Endangering the natural basis of life is unjust. On the status and future of the sustainability discourse
Thomas Petersen and
No 527, Working Papers from University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
The paper critically examines the status of the sustainability discourse and sustainability politics against the backdrop of considerations about the meaning of justice in the context of sustainability. We argue that the preservation of the natural basis of life is by itself a requirement of justice. However, the crucial role of the ecological dimension of sustainability has been neglected due to a problematic interpretation of the economic dimension, a limited understanding of justice, and an overemphasis of economic growth and growth politics. We propose to reposition the sustainability discourse and sustainability politics by prioritizing the long-term protection of the natural basis of life as the essential foundation of future development, welfare, and justice.
Keywords: Sustainability; justice; ethics; growth; welfare; ecological economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 A13 I31 O40 Q01 Q5 Q57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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