Extractive Industries, Economic Mindsets, and Human Rights

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:30pm

Burke Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall

Extractive industries have produced negative social, economic and environmental consequences for indigenous people and local communities around the world. In this panel researchers address issues of erasure of indigenous rights through settler colonialism, just fossil fuel transitions for resource dependent local communities, the lack of transparent environmental governance policies, and the long history violence to marginal and mobile communities through the processes of state sanctioned, corporate driven resource extraction. Collectively these authors demonstrate how the impacts of colonial logics of private property and capitalist accumulation depend on the continued production of a class of vulnerable workers. These papers highlight the importance of understanding how natural resource extractions and environmental justice are intertwined in complex ways. Environmental managers need to be well-versed to understand these connections and ultimately to work to disrupt patterns of resource use that produce violence against both people and the environment.

Lauren Baker

Senior Policy Analyst and Inclusive Development and Environment Advisor, Office of Policy, USAID