Environmental protection and an equitable international order : ethics after the Earth Summit
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The UNCED Earth Summit established two new principles of international justice: an equitable international order and protection of the environment. UNCED was a significant symbol, a morality play about environment and economics. Wealth is asymmetrically distributed; approximately one fifth of the world (the G 7 nations) produces and consumes four fifths of goods and services; four fifths (the G 77 nations) get one fifth. This distribution can be interpreted as both an earnings differential and as exploitation. Responses may require justice or charity, producing and sharing. Natural and national ...