The topic of this book, engaged environmental citizenship, is a ‘big idea’. It raises many
issues about democracy; governance; consumer society; how people, their environments
and ecology are connected; and how we can take better account of ecological realities and
minimise environmental impacts.
Environmental and natural resource issues need to be addressed at a range of scales and
by many different people. They can seldom be solved without concerted, coordinated and
cooperative action. Some people who become involved do so in a professional capacity.
Others are involved because of the citizenship obligations they feel and their care for the
common good. Many government programs rely on the voluntary expression of environmental
or corporate citizenship, as do community-based environmental movements. What then do
we mean by ‘environmental citizens’? How and why do people and organisations become
these kinds of citizens? How can they engage with critical environmental issues and make a
difference? What gets in their way? These are the kinds of questions this book addresses.
Dr Heather Aslin is a University Fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Research Institute
for the Environment and Livelihoods and a senior scientist with the Australian Bureau of
Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.
Professor Stewart Lockie is Head of the School of Sociology at the Australian National University.
Both are highly experienced environmental sociologists.
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