ENVIRONMENTAL CARE AND DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES
PRESENTATION: “INTERPRETATION MACHINES IN NATURE CONSERVATION” by Larry Lohmann
Larry Lohmann works with The Corner House, a Dorset-based solidarity and research organization. He is a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and chairs the advisory board of the World Rainforest Movement, with which he has been associated for 25 years. He spent much of the 1980s with Thailand’s Project for Ecological Recovery and more recently has been working with social movements in Ecuador and other countries. Among his books are Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the Global Paper Economy (1996, with Ricardo Carrere), Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Privatization and Power (2006), Mercados de carbono: La neoliberalizacion del clima (2012), Energy, Work and Finance (2014, with Nicholas Hildyard) and Cadenas de bloques, automatizacion y trabajo: Mecanizando la confianza (2020). His articles have appeared in academic journals in political economy, environment, geography, accounting, Asian studies, law, science studies, socialism, anthropology and development and have been translated into many languages. Most are available at www.thecornerhouse.org.uk.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/kunjLOYcw6M
GUEST PANEL: “LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES: POLITICAL ECOLOGY AND ALTERNATIVES TO DEVELOPMENT”
Chair: Miriam Lang, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar Ecuador.
This session features the research of five young Latin American scholars who are part of the first generation of students of the Masters in Political Ecology and Alternatives to Development, created in 2020 at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. This Masters Program provides a transdisciplinary base for young scholars with an activist background to strengthen specifically southern and Latin American perspectives on political ecology. It additionally draws from different recent strands of Latin American critical knowledge production, e.g. on alternatives to development, critical geography, decoloniality or subaltern feminist approaches. The students come from a variety of Latin American countries and disciplines. In this panel, biologists from Uruguay and Ecuador come together with a Venezuelan expert in industrial relations, an anthropologist from Colombia and an Ecuadorian engineer in ecotourism. Their research focuses on the ongoing disputes between hegemonic and counter-hegemonic territorialities and modes of living, perspectives on the economy, societal nature relations and democratic decision-making, which characterize socio-ecological conflicts in Latin America today.
1. Introduction by the chair (Miriam Lang, Ecuador): Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpoX-NIW8yg
2. Case 1: Approaches to a Political Ecology of Bottled Water in Bogotá, Colombia Anyi Castelblanco: Video Link: https://youtu.be/U4060hNrVJE
3. Case 2: Community Tourism as a Local Alternative to the Globalized Neoliberal Tourism Model Lina Noboa Video Link: https://vimeo.com/756012300
4. Case 3: Impacts of Dumps on Rural Livelihoods Héctor Jesús Pérez Zamora: Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enSqZw6Dp3o&t=11s
5. Discussion Melissa Moreano Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqzRHHGUggI