Why Latin America Matters - New Collection of Essays Available Online
Why Latin America Matters is a collection of essays making the case for the importance of Latin America as a crucial region in global politics and development. Several researchers from the University of Turku have contributed to this book's theme on environment and sustainability.
With its rich history, cultures, enormous resilience and creative innovation in the face of constant threats against nature and human dignity, Latin America can show the way forward for the world.
The book is structured around six wide-ranging themes: Culture and Identity, Environment and Sustainability, Governance and Democratisation, Health, Migration and Human Rights, and Urban Resilience.
Several researchers from the University of Turku have contributed to this book's theme on environment and sustainability. Chapter Amazonia at the heart of the global ecological crisis, written by Gabriela Zuquim, Pablo Pérez Chavez, Ilari Sääksjärvi and Hanna Tuomisto, discusses the importance of the future of Amazonia for regulating global climate, maintaining biodiversity and providing other ecosystem services while it is threatened by human activities. The writers call for more sustainable management practices to mitigate the threats and avoid global tragedies.
All in all this book provides a deeper understanding of significant social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural approaches that have taken place in Latin America during recent decades. These experiences, and perspectives, offer concrete lessons that can provide a decisive framework for profound reflection over growing challenging issues in other regions – particularly in Europe – and at a global scale.
The book has been published by the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Coimbra Group.