From the Archive: Climate Justice in the Americas

A collection of articles from NACLA’s archive on environmental issues and climate justice in the Americas, available open access for a limited time.

May 22, 2020

A danger sign warns of contamination in Shushufindi in Ecuador's Amazon, where Chevron left behind toxic waste. (Photo by Xavier Granja Cedeño-Cancilleria del Ecuador/Flickr)

Our last selection of articles from NACLA's archive focused on public health in the Americas. Now, we turn your attention to the environment, which is also the focus of our upcoming Summer print issue of the NACLA Report, “A Green New Deal for the Americas.”

With business as usual on pause—reducing carbon emissions and the human footprint on our surroundings—the environment has been able to heal itself in some places. And as economies crash, governments have a historic opportunity to infuse responses to the pandemic with climate action.

Yet as we reconsider our impact on the planet, we must also acknowledge the cost of existing environmental inequalities that have wreaked havoc on marginalized communities. From the reverse migration out of Peru’s urban centers as families suffer the economic fallout of the pandemic to the high rates of death among Latinx communities in the United States and evidence linking air pollution to greater likelihood of Covid-19 death, the pandemic underlines how environmental and health injustices map onto each other.

We have curated the following list of articles from the archives of the NACLA Report to highlight our environmental reporting over the years. The collection is available open access for a limited time.

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