Learning from the Environmental Justice Atlas

ejatlasThe Environmental Justice Atlas or EJAtlas.org is a freely accessible on-line interactive information portal that helps academic scholars and public policymakers across the world in identifying exemplary cases of peoples’ resistance against climate change and environment degradation.

EJAtlas.org is conceived by the EJOLT project – an acronym for the ‘Environmental Justice, Liabilities and Trade’ project. EJOLT is a European Commission FP7 programme-funded global research project operated during 2011–2015 and concluded recently. It represents a global distribution map of the ecological conflicts, resistances and environmental injustices, which are mostly located in the Global South.

The Atlas records local or national-level conflicts on account of nuclear energy, thermal power plants, mining, land acquisition and infrastructure, among other parameters. India is top on the list having recorded the greatest concentration of such conflicts. The detailed accounts of environmental and ecological conflicts in South Asia were recorded, documented and submitted by a small research team from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (JNU).

EJAtlas will help us in benchmarking some of the global development agendas. EJAtlas also facilitates us in learning from the past mistakes for avoiding potential environmental or ecological conflicts in future public policymaking.

Read about the JNU report in Current Science magazine