Defining Environmental Justice: The Indian Context
India is a powerhouse nation that is rapidly growing and developing. The country is one of the foremost leaders in Asia, and has emerged as a world power. In terms of the environment, India
is one of the first countries in the world to have established a “green”court specifically for
addressing legal cases related to the environment, and was a leading voice in the Rio+20 United
Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.India is home to13 of the 20 most
polluted cities globally, making environmental challenges a familiar concept to the nation.1
while India has informally practiced and dealt with environmental justice for many years, this
article is an argument that a formal definition is necessary.