From Environmental Justice to Ecological Justice: Toward Ecological Hermeneutics
Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, CM
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The ethical struggle for “environmental justice” in recent decades has delivered for us the great notion of sustainable development, critiquing the untenable (ab)use of the earth’s resources and fighting for its equitable and just distribution among peoples. What is neglected in the environmental justice paradigm, however, is the unjust relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world which, according to some thinkers, is the recognizable source of the ecological crisis? Beyond the stewardship paradigm rooted in environmental justice, this paper argues for an “ecological justice” framework in the rereading of some crucial Christian texts— an ecological hermeneutics aimed at ushering an ethical agenda for a fairer world, not only among men and women, but also among humans and the whole Earth community.

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