Reparation ecology and climate risk in Latin-America: Experiences from four countries

Andrea Lampis, Ebba Brink, Amaya Carrasco-Torrontegui, Agni H. dos Santos, Estuardo Solórzano-Lemus, Claudia Vásquez-Arango

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IPCC's Sixth Assessment is a landmark in recognizing social justice and local knowledge as imperative for successful climate adaptation; however, taking this new scientific consensus seriously has profound implications. While narratives of fossil fuel companies and closing climate windows often dominate climate politics, there is an urgent need for new thinking frames, especially given that everyday adaptations by the most vulnerable are often hindered by incumbent actors at more local scales. In response, this paper tackles the issue of climate risk and human wellbeing in Latin America from an emerging and innovative perspective: reparation ecology. Reparation is a heuristic category by means of which we systematize converging evidence about the responses of local Latin-American communities to severe socio-environmental crises that are closely connected to climate risks and to long-lasting threats to the wellbeing of human societies and ecosystems. The results focus on a comparative analysis of five case studies on nature-based urban adaptation in two low-income settlements in Brazil; local ecological governance led by actors from the organized civil society in Colombia; agroecological and just innovative food production systems in Ecuador and sustainable urban-rural food markets in Guatemala. Assuming the complexity of climate change from a culturally and geographically located perspective, the paper unveils the non-doomed, ecologically reparative character of these initiatives. It therefore contributes to the recent turn in the debate on climate risk, claiming that diverse groups of people and communities around the world are contributing to radical change, tuning their behaviors and social arrangements in what an emerging scholarship defines as reparation ecology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number897424
Number of pages23
JournalFrontiers in Climate
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 13

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • reparation ecologies
  • climate risk
  • resistance
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala


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