Origins and perspectives of Latin American environmentalism

Joan Martinez-Alier, Michiel Baud, Héctor Sejenovich

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© Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom and Michiel Baud 2016, Respective authors 2016 and Eduardo Silva 2016. The debate on the socioenvironmental challenges faced by Latin America has a long history. This history is crucial to understanding Latin American perspectives on environmental governance and, above all, to understanding the specific characteristics which determine these perspectives. Traditional debates on environmental governance tend to see the Western debates on nature and environment as determining views and perspectives on a global scale. The suggestion is that Latin American environmental debates were directed by the changing views in the industrialized world. This chapter, however, suggests that Latin America has developed its own strands and perspectives on environmental issues which were emerging from its peculiar historical position. A focus on the specific, and to a large extent autonomous, knowledge development on nature and environment allow us to understand the determining roots of Latin American ideas on environmental governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Governance in Latin America
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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