Eco-friendly business or environmental injustices? International energy investments and indigenous struggles in Oaxaca, Mexico

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In diverse countries of the continent, environmental transformations -and the injustices connected- have traditionally been studied in the case of extractive industries, such as mining, oil or agriculture. However, in the present study we want to discuss these concerns in the context of mega-projects that are commonly considered part of a “sustainable development”. Renewable, clean or green technology is not usually framed as ‘extractive’. We argue here that in some contexts large scale wind-parks might be working against sustainable development, when producing environmental injustices and generating social discontent and protest. We propose to use an environmental justice approach in order to understand why the Zapotecas and Huaves communities are opposing the wind energy park project, or ‘clean energy’. We aimed at exploring and discussing different ways in which eco-friendly projects or green energy investments result in (re)new environmental injustices.


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  • Copenhagen Business School
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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
EventCongress of the Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN): Latin American Challenges in the 21st Century: Societies in Motion - University of Gothemburg, Gothemburg, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Jun 152017 Jun 17
Conference number: 9


ConferenceCongress of the Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN)
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