Yosemite National Park is my candidate for the most idyllic place in the world. Yet, at this point in time, the tragedy of its bloody history has been mostly lost.
In a piece I produced and placed in the Thomson Reuters Foundation blog, this history is a starting point for a discussion on how parks and protected areas should include, not exclude, the people who live in these places.
Downstream from the suspended Pascua-Lama mine, in Chile’s Atacama Region (Credit: Alturas Oceanicas)
The lure of precious metals and other natural resources has long been a source of conflict in Latin America, from the Andes to the Amazon and most everywhere else. But new research has begun to put a price tag on this conflict, and investors have started to respond. When the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples are uprooted by large-scale mining developments, their opposition is driving up the cost of these developments, a point that is finally starting to get noticed in corporate financial statements.
This is the focus of my latest post for National Geographic; to read more please visit: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/27/a-bottom-line-focus/