Hannah Duff ♦ 2014 Global Scholars Symposium
Title: Mining Peru: Robbing Resources or Sustaining Livelihoods?
Abstract: Gold mining has historically entangled ecology, economy, and society. Though mining creates wealth and jobs for many Peruvians, it also damages the biodiversity of the Amazon and poisons water supplies. Current mining protests in Peru embody the clash between humans and nature, local and global decision-making, and economy versus ecology. While gold mining in Peru cannot be completely prohibited nor fully endorsed, community-based conservation may offer pathways to mitigate the degradation of local ecologies and livelihoods.