Through various international case studies presented by both practitioners and scholars, Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene explores how an environmental justice approach is necessary for reflections on inequality in the Anthropocene and for forging societal transitions toward a more just and sustainable future.

Environmental justice is a central component of sustainability politics during the Anthropocene – the current geological age in which human activity is the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Every aspect of sustainability politics requires a close analysis of equity implications, including problematizing the notion that humans as a collective are equally responsible for ushering in this new epoch. Environmental justice provides us with the tools to critically investigate the drivers and characteristics of this era and the debates over the inequitable outcomes of the Anthropocene for historically marginalized peoples. The contributors to this volume focus on a critical approach to power and issues of environmental injustice across time, space, and context, drawing from twelve national contexts: Austria, Bangladesh, Chile, China, India, Nicaragua, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and the United States. Beyond highlighting injustices, the volume highlights forward-facing efforts at building just transitions, with a goal of identifying practical steps to connect theory and movement and envision an environmentally and ecologically just future.

This interdisciplinary work will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners focused on conservation, environmental politics and governance, environmental and earth sciences, environmental sociology, environment and planning, environmental justice, and global sustainability and governance. It will also be of interest to social and environmental justice advocates and activists.

part I|30 pages

Thinking on the Anthropocence

chapter |7 pages


Just Anthropocene?
ByDimitris Stevis, Melinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Kathryn Powlen, Stephanie A. Malin, Joshua Sbicca

chapter 1|9 pages

Examining the Anthropocene

A contested term in capitalist times
ByStephanie A. Malin

part II|122 pages

Environmental justice as spatial justice

chapter |7 pages


Contextualizing spatial justice
ByJoshua Sbicca, Melinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Kathryn Powlen

chapter 3|11 pages

Environmental justice and autocracy in Eastern Europe

The case of Hungary
ByAttila Antal

chapter 4|12 pages

Navigating environmental justice in Chile

The case of Pascua Lama
BySherrie Baver

chapter 5|13 pages

Towards socio-ecological inclusion

Scaling up housing innovation in Vienna
ByMichael Friesenecker, Roberta Cucca

chapter 6|14 pages

From water insecurity to water injustice

How tourism produces environmental injustice along Nicaragua’s “Emerald Coast”
BySarah T. Romano, G. Thomas LaVanchy

chapter 7|12 pages

Jatropha bioenergy in Yucatán, Mexico

An examination of energy justice
ByAparajita Banerjee

chapter 8|12 pages

Keeping it local

The continued relevance of place-based studies for environmental justice research and praxis
ByMichelle Larkins

chapter 9|15 pages

Determinants of household electricity consumption in Mexico by income level

ByMónica Santillán Vera, Lilia García Manrique, Isabel Rodríguez Peña

chapter 10|12 pages

Environmental justice and the Sabal Trail pipeline

ByJulie A. Lester

chapter 11|12 pages

Injustices in implementing donor-funded climate change resilience projects in Bangladesh

North–South dichotomy?
ByNowrin Tabassum

part III|100 pages

Just transitions

chapter |5 pages


Pursuing just transitions: growing from seed to blossom
ByStacia Ryder, Kathryn Powlen, Melinda Laituri

chapter 12|15 pages

Just energy systems

Five questions and countless responses for regenerative energy communities
ByMatthew J. Burke

chapter 13|13 pages

Authoritarian environmentalism as just transition?

A critical environmental justice examination of state environmental intervention in northwestern China
ByKuoRay Mao, Qian Zhang, Nefratiri Weeks

chapter 14|14 pages

Lessons from Tanzanian forest management

Justice in environmental and climate policy transitions
ByJessica Omukuti

chapter 15|13 pages

Is renewable power reaching the people and are people reaching the power?

Creating a Just Transition from the ground-up
ByCaroline Farrell, Mad Stano

chapter 16|15 pages

Contested suburban mobilities

Towards a sustainable urbanism of justice and difference
ByShimeng Zhou

chapter 17|11 pages

Seeds, chemicals, and stuff

The agency of things in (un)just agriculture regimes
ByMatt Comi

chapter 18|12 pages

“To have a garden is against this system”

The revolutionary subjectivity of convivial labor for home kitchen gardeners in San José, CA
ByGabriel R. Valle

part IV|76 pages

Just futures

chapter |5 pages


Looking forward: challenges and opportunities for a just future
ByKathryn Powlen, Stacia Ryder, Melinda Laituri

chapter 20|13 pages

One earth, one species history, and one future

Earth-Justice in the Anthropocene
BySaptaparni Pandit, Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha

chapter 21|12 pages

A framework for intergenerational justice

Objections and principles
ByChaitanya Motupalli

chapter 22|11 pages

Conditional freedom

A governance innovation for climate justice
ByRita Vasconcellos Oliveira

chapter 23|15 pages

“Building the Bigger We” for climate justice

ByBenjamin Max Goloff

chapter |7 pages


The quest for environmental justice
ByMelinda Laituri, Stacia Ryder, Kathryn Powlen, Stephanie A. Malin, Joshua Sbicca, Dimitris Stevis