The Latin American decolonial environmental justice approach

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This chapter offers an insight into an environmental justice perspective emerging from the Global South: the decolonial environmental justice approach. Although environmental justice literature from the Global North increasingly acknowledges the historical legacy of colonialism in environmental justice struggles in the Global South, particularly in reference to land use and distribution patterns, it rarely mentions the persistence of colonial values (coloniality) as a cause of current injustices and violence, and the need to confront it. This is precisely what Latin-American environmental justice thinking offers to environmental justice perspectives from other parts of the world, through its focus on decoloniality. This chapter explores this perspective by examining two themes: i) the roots of Latin-American decolonial environmental justice thinking; and ii) its main propositions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Justice
Subtitle of host publicationKey Isues
EditorsBrendan Coolsaet
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)9780367139933
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • environmental justice, decoloniality, latin america

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