Decolonizing Environmental Science
IN THIS CHAPTER
Recognizing stakeholders with different values
Rethinking resource extraction
Fighting for environmental rights around the world
Understanding environmental racism exists
Legislating sustainability in the U.S.
For thousands of years, human societies organized themselves in ways that used and sustained Earth’s resources. Population growth in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages (circa 1400) led European nations to seek wealth and resources beyond their borders — the Age of Exploration began — and the balance of resource use around the world was forever changed. European explorers visited lands across the oceans and amassed great wealth for their home countries, while setting the stage for resource depletion and wealth inequity that continues today.
Currently nearly 8 billion people depend on Earth’s resources, and citizens of more than 200 nations must work together to find ways to sustainably share and protect those resources. ...