What was the nature of their innovation and how did it contribute to humankind? Joan Martinez-Alier has provided important insights into the prevalence and nature of ecological distributional conflicts around the world centered on issues such as water, minerals and mining, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy. Joan has emphasized that externalities are not small market failures that can be easily internalized into the price system but are inherent in the current economic and industrial system because of a lack of recognition for industrial liability. This absence of liability for environmental externalities has resulted in both an ecological debt from the Global North to the Global South, and the making of a global movement for environmental justice. He has undertaken important work as Co-Director of the Environmental Justice Atlas, a project that expands the evidence and vocabulary about ecological distribution conflicts and enhances our capacity to assess whether the Environmental Justice movement is helping to push society and the economy towards environmental sustainability. Already a recipient of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, it would be appropriate to honor him with a ‘Not the Nobel Award’
The future of the world's climate and its consequences if nothing is done to reduce its rising temperature, depends on people such as Joan for making an appeal to world leaders.
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