'Little Development, Few Economic Opportunities and Many Difficulties': Climate Change From a Local Perspective


A southern criminology perspective on the study of climate change is overdue, given that climate change is a global phenomenon with localised effects. This article is a southern empirical criminological study of the colonial causes of, justice consequences of and southern responses to climate change. The study is based on four years of research in the Colombian Río Negro basin, undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of which I was part. My main argument is that the region contributes to climate change and heightening local risks primarily because of Western-imposed cultural ideas and production practices, and market demands. The article also discusses the idea of returning to southern traditional practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Published: 2020-05-18
Pages:170 to 182
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Goyes, D. R. (2020) “’Little Development, Few Economic Opportunities and Many Difficulties’: Climate Change From a Local Perspective”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(2), pp. 170-182. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i2.1132.

Author Biography

University of Oslo; Universidad Antonio Nariño

David is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway; and an associate professor at the Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia. He holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Oslo, Norway. He is a lawyer by training, with postgraduate studies in criminal law and a masters in sociology from the Universidad Nacional, Colombia. His main field of research is green criminology, with a focus on biopiracy. His greatest contribution to the field is in the development of a Southern Green Criminology.