Environmental Politics in Bolivia Under Evo Morales: Buen Vivir vs. New Extractivism

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 · New York University · New York

clacs buenvivirnewextractivismWhen Evo Morales became the first indigenous president of Bolivia in 2006, concerned citizens and environmentalists from around the globe looked hopefully to his leadership in environmental politics. From the Buen Vivir development model to the Law of Mother Earth, the Morales administration touts some of the most progressive environmental policies of any government in the world. Internationally, Bolivia is heralded for these innovative policies. At home, the nation faces a pressing dilemma, that of choosing between an environmentally-conscious development logic and large-scale projects for natural resource extraction that will damage the nation's environment.

This one-day conference asked: How can a nation that is dependent on natural resource extraction chart an environmentally-conscious course to economic development and justice?

Conference Participants:

  • Eduardo Gudynas (presenting in Spanish), Executive Secretary, Latin American Center of Social Ecology
  • Juan Pablo Ramos (presenting in Spanish), Ex. Viceminister of the Environment under Evo Morales
  • Rafael Archondo (presenting in Spanish), Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Marcela Olivera, Latin American Coordinator for the "Water for All" Campaign
  • Rebecca Hollender, Facilitator of Climate Change and Justice Working Group, AGRECOL Andes
  • Deborah Poole, Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University

Presented by the Andean Initiative of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) at Columbia University, NYU Native Studies Forum, the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at The New School University, the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, the NYU Latino Studies Program, and the Columbia University Latin American Student Association.

 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:30am-4:00pm
Room 909, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Sq. South
New York, NY
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