The Public Political Ecology Lab now hosts blogs and photo-essays that contribute to a special series on the political ecology of extractive industries as they intersect with indigenous communities. Whether battles are taking place over oil and gas in Bolivia, Ecuador, or Canada, indigenous peoples are often at the forefront in efforts to “keep the oil in the ground” as a strategy to mitigate the ecological and social impacts of fossil fuel extraction. This is particularly relevant in the context of climate change. During the first 2 weeks of December 2014, governments, civil society and industry convened in Lima Peru to chart a way forward on climate change. It is also the first time the Conference of the Parties (COP) climate meeting has taken place in an Amazon country. Questions of indigenous rights and oil extraction were raised and discussed within and outside the COP. The work of political ecologists such as the ones contributing to this series can clarify some of the complex issues regarding extractive industries and indigenous peoples.
Please see special focus on The Political Ecology of Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples here and at the link below.