Restor(y)ing the Past to Envision an ‘Other’ Future: A Decolonial Environmental Restorative Justice Perspective

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Indigenous and local peoples that are subject to the continual threats of displacement, environmental degradation and violence in their territories are not only in need of more just legal frameworks or law enforcements to safeguard their cultural and physical survival, but also of processes that can help them re-build, reconnect and revitalise their own identities, knowledge and sense of self. Across the world, since the colonial times, modernity has had the perverse effect of erasing and making the world’s diverse cultures and knowledge systems invisible and devalued. To these cultures, justice will not be done until their right to exist as different is restored. Yet, all too often, Indigenous and local peoples themselves need to reconnect with who they are first in order for justice at this level to be restored. Based on a decolonial environmental conflict transformation and restorative justice approach, the chapter builds on Community Action Research in Venezuela and Bolivia that has been used to support Indigenous and local peoples restore their culture, environmental knowledge and dignities as peoples. Rodriguez argues that in addition to revitalising culture, such an approach to environmental justice can be an important catalyst for change at the structural and relation levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Restorative Justice
EditorsBrunilda Pali, Miranda Forsyth, Felicity Tepper
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-04223-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-04222-5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2022

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