‘Sustainable growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is in danger. We’ll solely be capable to attain well-being by favoring ecology and the surroundings. The market doesn’t really understand the surroundings’s dilemmas, it treats them as externalities. The urgency of the scenario should lead us to a systemic view,’ Alicia Bárcena, Govt Secretary of the Financial Fee for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), stated in the course of the Wednesday, October 28th launch of the e-book The environmental tragedy of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The e-book, introduced in the course of the regional group’s thirty-eighth session, is the results of a collective evaluation undertaken on the invitation of ECLAC as a part of the discussions supporting preparations for this exact same intergovernmental assembly, which is the Fee’s most essential, happening each two years.
‘This e-book represents the achievement of a dream as a result of it brings collectively a bunch of Latin American authors, foundational thinkers on sustainable growth, who’ve theorized and analyzed in depth the connection between growth and the surroundings for a number of a long time,’ Alicia Bárcena defined, noting that the textual content ‘not solely talks about issues within the area, but additionally the chances for change, for restoring ecosystems, reforesting, discovering nature-based options, and adapting to local weather change.’
The doc’s essential conclusions had been introduced by Nicolo Gligo, Director of the Middle for Public Coverage Evaluation of the College of Chile, with feedback supplied by Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, Founding Member of the Sustainable Improvement Objectives Middle for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS) of the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Lenin Corrales, Chair of the Scientific Council on Local weather Change (4C) of Costa Rica; and Maureen Hyman-Payne, Parliamentary Secretary on the Ministry of Justice and Authorized Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda. Moderating the dialogue was Joseluis Samaniego, Director of ECLAC’s Sustainable Improvement and Human Settlements Division.
Latin America and the Caribbean is subjected to a growth sample primarily based on globalized capitalism, immersed in a strategy of frenzied modernity, which is extraordinarily dangerous, as a result of financial progress has been achieved by exploiting and overexploiting pure assets, Gligo indicated, including that ‘sustaining the present growth sample could be suicide. As authors of this e-book, we pose the pressing must seek for an alternate approach out, for a big structural change.’
In his remarks, Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, of the Sustainable Improvement Objectives Middle for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS) in Colombia, recalled that the most important share of greenhouse gasoline emissions produced by Latin America and the Caribbean comes from agriculture and deforestation, which implies that an agricultural transformation is urgently wanted to mitigate and adapt to local weather change within the area.
In the meantime, Lenin Corrales, of the Scientific Council on Local weather Change (4C) of Costa Rica, praised the alarm being sounded by the e-book and known as on the area’s nations to actually analyze what is occurring with our ecosystems and actually think about issues of land administration earlier than partaking in harmful practices. ‘Ecosystems are what give companies to societies,’ he underlined.
Maureen Hyman-Payne, of Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Justice and Authorized Affairs, recalled that the COVID-19 pandemic being confronted by the world right now ‘permits inequalities to take root and undermines the trail to growth. In contrast to rich nations, we should not have a welfare system.’ She added that: ‘This e-book comes at an important time. We should react.’
‘We should construct considering that enables us to guard the integrity of ecosystems, our pure heritage,’ Bárcena indicated, praising advances such because the Regional Settlement on Entry to Info, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, generally known as the Escazú Settlement. Amongst different issues, it constitutes a ‘civic instrument in order that the defenders of nature, those that give their lives for all times, can have their rights acknowledged and their bodily and human integrity protected,’ she emphasised.
‘We should give future generations some hope and that hope lies exactly in us altering our methods of manufacturing and consuming,’ ECLAC’s highest authority concluded.