On environmental justice, Part I: an intuitive conservation dilemma

Journal Article

Abstract This article introduces an intuitive conservation dilemma called the Canyon Dilemma: Is it possible to condemn the mining of the Grand Canyon, even by a poor generation, while also permitting this generation’s mining of an unremarkable small canyon? It then argues that not one of several prominent theories of environmental justice, including various forms of egalitarianism, welfarism, deep-ecological theories, communitarianism and free-market environmentalism, can navigate this dilemma. The article concludes by highlighting the dilemma-navigating potential of the equal-claims idea – the idea that the natural world is something to which every human being, present and future, has an equal, substantive claim.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mazor, J

Published Date

  • August 24, 2022

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 26

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-0028

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-2671

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0266267122000219


  • en