Citizenship, engagement and the environment

Aslin, Heather J., and Lockie, Stewart (2013) Citizenship, engagement and the environment. In: Aslin, Heather J., and Lockie, Stewart, (eds.) Engaged Environmental Citizenship. Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, NT, Australia, pp. 1-18.

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[Extract] The need to involve resource users, citizens, communities and other stakeholders as active participants in managing environments and natural resources has become so widely accepted as to seem common sense. Beyond the basic democratic principle that people have a right to be involved in decisions affecting their livelihoods, values and ways of life, community engagement and participation are seen as ways to reduce conflicts over managing resources, ensure that social strategies and, perhaps most importantly, 'capture' and apply local knowledge (Lockie 2001). Scientific organisations and regulatory agencies are no longer seen as the sole repositories of relevant knowledge and expertise. Government and corporate policies and expenditures are no longer seen as being sufficient to address environmental problems. Resolving the environmental challenges of our time is seen as such a large and complex set of tasks as to require all citizens to be actively involved.

Item ID: 30830
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-921576-80-5
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2014 03:59
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness @ 40%
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