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- Mar 2023
Just transformations challenge power politics, which are often based on vested interests, cost-effectiveness and cost-recovery principles. Addressing deforestation through forest policy may not be adequate to counter agricultural policies that promote land use change to ensure more production and higher gross domestic product (GDP). Carbon markets may be captured by entrepreneurs seeking profit and may not be equitable or effective and can allow pollution to continue. In ‘allocating policy responsibilities’, it is important to not only understand and challenge dominant discourses on increasing GDP at all costs, but also ensure that solutions do not reproduce, redistribute or increase injustices.
-Summary - Justice arguments transcend the normative status quo arguments that are usually based purely on GDP alone. - Carbon markets / Carbon offsets also need to be challenged as they can often be unjust and wealth concentrating through capitalist entrepreneurship that merely increases injustice.