Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Tom Rowe

Keywords

Climate Change, Climate Justice, Human Rights, Indigenous, Latin America, United Nations

Abstract

This research focused on the detrimental effects of climate change on indigenous peoples in Latin America. Indigenous peoples throughout the region tend to live subsistence livelihoods, which tie them closely to their land and the surrounding environment. This close relationship often means that indigenous peoples acutely experience the effects of climate change and are more susceptible to its negative outcomes than other populations. Further, indigenous peoples in the region lack the mitigation and adaptation capacities to deal with damaging climatic effects.

This research was designed to view the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples through a human rights framework, focusing on the difficulties of resource allocation and management due to climatic shifts. Methods of critique were applied to international responses to climate issues. The research clearly shows the enhanced ways in which indigenous peoples are affected by climate change and that their circumstances inform their thoughts on both the problem and possible solutions. These perspectives are significant and should be more readily considered in international climate discourse.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Amy C. Rademacher

File size

105 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Environmental studies, Latin American studies, Environmental justice

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