Isolated Ecuadorian Communities and Environmental Perspective

Much of the current conversation around climate change and environmentalism involves the concept of environmental equality. On a global scale, developing countries have little voice in the international discourse on conservation, despite often being the first to feel the effects of climate change. This inequality is further exacerbated at the local level, as vulnerable populations with little education and economic affluence are disproportionately affected by environmental issues, and lack the resources to appropriately address mitigation options. Anthropological literature consistently demonstrates the interconnectedness of level of education, economic status, and perception of global environmental degradation. In a study of several secluded groups in Ecuador, I will investigate how this dynamic of education and financial position interplay with geographic isolation in a person’s relationship with the environmental movement.

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