Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bajo Aguan’s Modern Tragedy of the Commons

"An example from the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras exposes the major problem: the green economy has caused a modern Tragedy of the Commons by incentivizing practices that hurt the common good, like resource hoarding. Whether by omitting necessary safeguards, or because it is simply untenable by design, the green economy is exacerbating existing social inequalities in the name of saving the environment. In fact, in the Bajo Aguan, the green economy has even cropped up in the middle of a low-intensity war that has consumed entire communities."
Danielle Marie Mackey looks at the link between campesinos' murders in the Bajo Aguan and the global effort to fight climate change in an article here.

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