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Global Justice and Climate GovernanceBridging Theory and Practice$
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Alix Dietzel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474437912

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437912.001.0001

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The Grounds of Climate Justice

The Grounds of Climate Justice

(p.41) Chapter 2 The Grounds of Climate Justice
Global Justice and Climate Governance

Alix Dietzel

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter Two defines the grounds of climate justice. Defining the grounds of justice is a key task for any climate justice account because it allows readers to understand what must be normatively prioritised. The grounds of justice in this sense represent the moral underpinnings of the climate justice account, a normative subfloor that must not be crossed. The chapter makes the case for using the human right to health as the non-relational moral minimum that grounds the climate justice position. Chapter Two puts forward that the human right to health provides a strong foundation for a climate justice because it captures the threats climate change poses to humans more comprehensively than other key human rights, including the right to food and water, the right to life, and the right to free movement.

Keywords:   Climate justice, grounds of justice, right to health, non-relational justice

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