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SustainabilityApproaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power$
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Julie Sze

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479894567

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479894567.001.0001

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Situating Global Policies within Local Realities

Situating Global Policies within Local Realities

Climate Conflict from California to Latin America

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Tracy Perkins

Aaron Soto-Karlin

NYU Press

This chapter presents the global policy debate over forest carbon offsets as it plays out on the ground. More specifically, it analyzes an effort to link the carbon markets in California (USA), Chiapas (Mexico) and Acre (Brazil). The authors situate global policy within local reality by demonstrating how support for and against the MOU is affected by preexisting political conflict in two of the three participating jurisdictions: California and Chiapas. To do so, they present the historical and political context of the carbon-offsets debate in each location. State government officials, environmental and environmental justice activists, nonprofits, and forest dwellers in California and Chiapas approached the carbon offsets agreement from very different social and political contexts. The chapter underscores how sustainability initiatives, even when promoted with apolitical “win-win” rhetoric, are inherently political.

Keywords:   California, Chiapas, sustainability, environmental justice, carbiograbon offsets, policy, forest-dwellers, carbon markets

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