By Sherrie L. Baver, Barbara Deutsch Lynch, Professor Marin Miller, Professor Manuel Valdes Pizzini, Professor Maurice Burac, Professor Neftali Garcia-Martinez, Professor Tania Garcia-Ramos, Professor Ana Rivera-Rivera, Professor Ricardo Soto-Lopez, Professo
Filtered throughout the lens of the North American and eu media, the Caribbean seems to be a sequence of idyllic landscapes-sanctuaries designed for crusing, diving, and basking within the solar on unending white sandy shorelines. Conservation literature paints a equally attractive portrait, describing the sector as a habitat for endangered coral reefs and their denizens, parrots, butterflies, turtles, snails, and a myriad of plant species.In either models, just like the unique panorama overshadows the wealthy island cultures which are either linguistically and politically varied, yet trapped in an international economic system that provides few strategies for improvement. renowned depictions additionally omit the truth that the quarter is fraught with environmental difficulties, together with water and pollution, stable waste mismanagement, destruction of ecosystems, deforestation, and the transition from agriculture to ranching. Bringing jointly ten essays through social scientists and activists, past sunlight and Sand offers the main entire exploration so far of the variety of environmental matters dealing with the zone and the social events that experience constructed to accommodate them. The authors think about the function that worldwide and neighborhood political economies play during this procedure and supply helpful perception into Caribbean environmentalism. some of the essays by way of in demand Caribbean analysts are made on hand for the 1st time in English.
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Other environmental groups focus on improving economic conditions of a specific group in society—for example, farmers, young people, women, or fishermen. , promoting ecotourism). In general terms, they advocate for social and economic development that goes hand in hand with protecting the ecosystem, especially with a view toward future needs. These goals are shared by most local NGOs, most of whose activities are aimed at conservation and achieving economic development at the local level. The regional NGOs also focus on conservation and sustainable development, but from a regional standpoint; and, as already mentioned, only one regional NGO was found to have goals linking environment and society.
For this reason, recognizing the Caribbean Sea as a shared space where the common good takes priority is a crucial first step in developing a Caribbean identity—an identity that can serve as the basis for cooperation among multiple actors to address common problems. Environmental Movements in the Caribbean 31 Notes This chapter builds on “Los movimientos ambientales y la cooperación ambiental en el Caribe: Una primera aproximación,” a paper presented at a 1995 International Seminar, “Hacia una agenda sociopolítica de la integración en el Caribe,” hosted by FLACSO Santo Domingo.
Development of marinas and harbor facilities generally adds to problems of pollution, such as human waste disposal, destruction of mangroves, coastal siltation, and oil leaks from engines. Tourism and other recreational activities also increase damage to coral reefs and grass bottoms. Physical damage to coral reefs is caused by extensive yacht anchorings and coral harvesting. Recreational uses such as boating add to the accumulation of plastics and other trash in the near-shore and coastal areas.