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September 2011

Minorities and Green Political Thought

Normative Challenges to an Ideal Ethics?

National and ethnic minorities are increasingly becoming participants in the quest to protect the Earth. To the Zapatistas in Mexico, the destruction of the jungle for oil extraction and large-scale logging were some of the core issues that motivated their freedom movement. Native Americans in other parts of the Western hemisphere are known for a moral concern for the Earth that provides for more natural management of the environment than any environmental agency could muster. In other words, in action and perhaps ontologically, minorities are being redefined along the lines of Green ideas and ecological characteristics.

© 2011 European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)

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Tove H Malloy

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49

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