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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union$
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Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012669

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.001.0001

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The Role of Culture and Nationalism in Latvian Environmentalism and the Implications for Environmental Justice

The Role of Culture and Nationalism in Latvian Environmentalism and the Implications for Environmental Justice

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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union
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Tamara Steger

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.003.0007

This chapter examines the role of cultural elements and nationalism in the environmental movement in Latvia and its implications for environmental justice. It discusses how nationalism and cultural heritage inspired Latvian environmental activists to work towards independence from the former Soviet Union and suggests that Latvian environmental movement for independence was actually a call for environmental justice. This chapter also mentions that during this time the Soviet communist system was linked to environmental degradation.

Keywords:   environmental movement, Latvia, cultural elements, nationalism, environmental justice, former Soviet Union, Soviet communist system, environmental degradation

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