Source: (2004) Journal of Societal and Social Policy. 3(2):33-48.

The concept of restorative justice is carried further in this article to include its vital application in the field of environmental justice. The new method of environmental justice stands for a mixed array of ecological, ethical and moral premises positing how humans could live in peace with the rest of the natural world. The paper suggests that the way we treat the non-human world is reflected in the way we treat the human world, and concludes that we ought to hear the voices of nature first before devising environmental policies. Environmental policy needs to reflect the needs of the environment first and cannot be based on the believe that human inventiveness can fully restore degraded ecosystems. Arguments for reclamation founded on human benefits and interests alone are not apt to provide adequate protection for the environment. Nature needs, instead, to be perceived and understood as being intrinsically valuable by itself. (author's abstract)