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Lecture 29

PHIL 1180 Lecture 29: Environmental Rights and Informed consent

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PHIL 1180
Ronald Sandler

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Lecture 29 — Environmental Rights and Informed Consent Next reading — Wenz consumption News: Younger generation suing the older generations for destroying the environment. Environmental Rights Intergenerational justice what do current generations owe future generations Killer fog that hit London 60 years ago air pollution + environmental conditions people got sick and died from the fog. arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the world positive feedback loops intersections of our social and ecological systems. the way society interacts with social resources. new tool to help test clean water you have the right to clean water — guaranteed right. this is not the case in the US — some states have this right others don’t. you have the right to know (information) if your water is really clean. you have the right to participation — the decisions to the environment that effects you. gov't has responsibility to protect the right Flint, Michigan connected to Detroit municipal water system Flint went into bankruptcy — dire financial situation govt is legally authorized to appoint a caretaker for the city power to renegotiate deals, break contracts etc to better the financial situation. join a new developing water system less expensive but there is a time between when the Detroit system ends and the next one begins they pump water out of flint river flint river is highly polluted river it will corrode pipes old pipes are lead pipes. a lot of people started getting sick they realized that there are very high levels of lead — it meet the expectations tho. evidence get so high that it draws national media and found out that the levels of lead are extraordinarily high. now it costs over tens to hundreds of millions of dollars right violations no clean drinkable water no good information about what was going on in their water democratic properties were overriden by the caretaker not obvious who is at fault Informed consent they were not elected officials from the people developing low cost reliable ways to test your water. need to give a sense of where problems might be and give information community monitoring its not just a technological problem. its developing a system Review: Environmental Justice 1. Unequal exposure 1. observed fact that minorities are unequally exposed to environmental hazards 2. Commencement burens and benefits 1. b
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