, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 419-422
Date: 25 Feb 2011

Kristin Shrader-Frechette: Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duties to Protect Environmental and Public Health

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Industrial pollutants often lead to far reaching and unequally distributed harms of environmental and public health which are often unequally distributed throughout society and uncorrelated with those benefiting from and choosing to create the pollutants. The pursuit of environmental justice requires an understanding of both the philosophical and ethical justification for why there is a need for action as well as sound methods to develop impactful strategies that can be used by common citizens with few resources to work with. In Taking Action, Saving Lives, Kristin Shrader-Frechette offers both the ethical ground for why every citizen to become actively involved as well as sound strategies for how and why individuals can and should make a meaningful impact to protect environmental and public health. The book extends beyond philosophy and strategy by providing examples of victims and heroes who acted despite the consequences to their careers and lives and provides a systematically analy