A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Environmental citizenship in geography and beyond (2020)

Huttunen, S., Salo, M., Aro, R., & Turunen, A. (2020). Environmental citizenship in geography and beyond. Fennia, 198(1-2), 196-209. https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.90715

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All authors or editors: Huttunen, Suvi; Salo, Miikka; Aro, Riikka; Turunen, Anni

Journal or series: Fennia

eISSN: 1798-5617

Publication year: 2020

Publication date: 04/12/2020

Volume: 198

Issue number: 1-2

Pages range: 196-209

Publisher: Geographical Society of Finland

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.90715

Persistent website address: https://fennia.journal.fi/article/view/90715

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73095


The need for wider action against environmental problems such as climate change has brought the debate about the role of citizen to the political, practical, and scientific domains. Environmental citizenship provides a useful tool to conceptualize the relation between citizenship and the environment. However, there exists considerable variation in the ways environmental citizenship is understood regarding both the aspect of citizenship and the relationship to the environment. In this article, we review the literature on environmental citizenship and investigate the evolution of the concept. The article is based on a literature search with an emphasis on geographical research. The concept of environmental citizenship has moved relatively far from the Ancient Greek or Marshallian conceptualizations of citizenship as rights and responsibilities bearing membership of a nation state. Environmental citizenship literature has been influenced by the relational approach to space, focus on citizenship as acts and processes rather than a status and the broad spectrum of post-human thinking. However, conceptual clarification between different approaches to environmental citizenship is needed especially in relation to post-human approaches. Geographical thinking can provide fruitful ways to develop the understanding of environmental citizenship towards a more inclusive, less individualized, globally responsible, and plural citizenship.

Keywords: ecological sustainability; citizenship; civil society; sustainable consumption; materialism; posthumanism; political geography

Free keywords: environmental citizenship; climate citizenship; sustainable consumption; new materialism

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Reporting Year: 2020

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