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dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Farid
dc.contributor.authorLow, Nicholas P.
dc.coverage.spatialMadhupur (Bangladesh)
dc.descriptionPresented at the Environmental justice in the Anthropocene symposium held on April 24-25, 2017 at the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado. This symposium aims to bring together academics (faculty and graduate students), independent researchers, community and movement activists, and regulatory and policy practitioners from across disciplines, research areas, perspectives, and different countries. Our overarching goal is to build on several decades of EJ research and practice to address the seemingly intractable environmental and ecological problems of this unfolding era. How can we explore EJ amongst humans and between nature and humans, within and across generations, in an age when humans dominate the landscape? How can we better understand collective human dominance without obscuring continuing power differentials and inequities within and between human societies? What institutional and governance innovations can we adopt to address existing challenges and to promote just transitions and futures?
dc.description.abstractThe paper presents environmental justice dialogues in the Madhupur Garo community in Bangladesh. The Garo community, which identifies itself as adivasi meaning 'indigenous', has occupied the deciduous forest of Madhupur in Bangladesh for centuries, developing a symbiotic relationship with nature. An environmental justice movement, called the "Eco-park Movement" has long been protesting a government development plan to establishing an 'eco-park'’ in the Madhupur deciduous forest. The eco-park plan has interfered with the Garo's right to life and livelihood as well as threatening them with possible eviction from their traditional land. From their protest movement, the concept of environmental justice has acquired a meaning with emphasis on human dignity. The Garo community not only defines environmental injustice as a lack of access to the decision-making process, information and judiciary but includes other elements: obstruction to fair access to environmental resources for livelihood, threat to the economy, health, trade, education, security, privacy and right to life. Finally, the Garo connect all these environmental human rights issues with rights to self-determination and human dignity.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediumproceedings (reports)
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofDay 2 - Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium 2017
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Justice in the Anthropocene - 2017
dc.rightsCopyright of original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectsustainable development
dc.subjectenvironmental justice
dc.subjectcapabilities and conflicts
dc.subjecthuman dignity
dc.subjectEco-Park Movement
dc.subjectright to life
dc.titleEnvironmental justice dialogues and the struggle for human dignity in the deciduous forest of Bangladesh

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  • Day 2 - Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium 2017
    Track 1: Thinking the Anthropocene: Conceptual Issues in Environmental Justice; Track 2: Law, Rights and Environmental Justice; Track 3: Critical Perspectives on Distributive and Procedural Environmental Justice; Track 4: Climate Justice; Track 5: Water Security and Justice; Track 6: Green Cities, Inclusion, and the Justice of Recognition; Track 7: Alternatives to Development; Track 8: Teaching and Learning Environmental Justice; Track 9: Environmental Justice in China; Track 10: Indigenous People and Environmental Justice; Track 11: Moving Past Rhetoric: Incorporating Social Justice Theory and Praxis That Honors, Empowers, and Transforms Research with Underrepresented/Marginalized Communities; Track 12: Planning for Boulder's Just Transition; Track 13: Intersecting and Hidden Inequalities; Track 14: Environmental and Social Justice in Turbulent Times.

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