Publication Date

April 2015

Advisor(s)

Barry Chernoff

Major

Environmental Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis is a case study of carbon colonialism and examines how the environment and an indigenous community in Panama have been exploited by a “clean” development project. By examining this project as well as Panama’s unique economic history and its modern day influences, the residual structures of colonialism are revealed. This case study shows that international emission reduction is not the only structure in which sustainability has been colonized, as Panama’s own national policy promotes the exploitation of the environment and enables environmental injustice under the guise of sustainable development and indigenous rights.

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