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In order to examine the subject of environmental human rights, it is necessary to locate it in its historical and philosophical contexts. A relevant environmental philosophy is a prerequisite for understanding ecological problems and their potential solutions. Environmental philosophy was brought to prominence with the debate about the relationship between humans and nature and the possibility of extending the domain of ethics and rights to non-human beings or to nature as a whole. This chapter consists of three sections. Section A explores the roots of our ecological crisis as depicted by philosophers and environmental writers. Section B sheds light on the emergence and development of environmentalism. By drawing upon the history of environmentalism and the development in environmental philosophy, Section C provides an overview of the ethical facets and philosophical trends of environmentalism.

Keywords:ecological crisis; environmental ethics; Environmental philosophy; environmentalism; human rights

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