From the extraction of tar sands in North America to large-scale land purchases in Africa and from China’s investment in the Mekong region to mining and soya production in Latin America – the global resources bonanza is a fact. But all this use of natural resources doesn’t respect the ecological limits of our world and it doesn’t result in a fair distribution of the profits.
In this Memorandum the notion of new politics is introduced to look at current conflicts around resource use as a complex set of interactions between nature, humans, interests, power relations and cultures. With this text the Heinrich Böll Foundation offers a perspective which combines democracy, ecology and human rights and lays out fundamental ways forward that can form the basis for fair and sustainable Resource Politics.
Table of contents:
- Foreword, acknowledgments, the story of this memorandum
- Summary and key messages at a glance
- Chapter 1: Abundance and equity
- Chapter 2: Drivers of environmental stress and inequity
- Chapter 3: Why has it been so difficult to stop these trends so far ?
- Chapter 4: A normative framing for fair and sustainable Resource Politics
- Chapter 5: Strategies for a fair future
- Chapter 6: What next?
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