The electronic waste trade shows how a combination of wasteful consumption in developed countries and globalization can result in environmental injustice. Although the international community has recognized its responsibility to protect developing countries, as exemplified in the adoption of the Basel Convention and ban amendment, implementation of these measures has been difficult. Non-ratification of the ban has highlighted the vulnerability of environmental policies that conflict with economic interests. The economic rationale for hazardous waste exports to developing countries has clarified why these exports take place. The economic contigency perspective explains why developing countries continue to accept them. With an economic rationale for both exports and imports, the whole process is inevitable. Developed countries have a role to play in putting and end to this form of environmental injustice. Specifically, they should assist developing countries to develop their own industries which are not reliant on hazardous waste imports.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Environmental Law and Management|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2006|