At Risk: The Future of “Extractivism” in Colombia and the Andes

By Rich Brown

A regional roundup on how a fragile consensus around mining and oil exploration seems to be fraying

Gustavo Petro’s recent victory in Colombia has cast new urgency on an old question: What is the future of mining and oil exploration in Latin America Especially in the countries of the Andes, where leaders and social movements in several countries have also been critical of “extractivism” Indeed, the debate seems to be raging everywhere. As many as 65 community-level mining conflicts are simmering in Peru. In Chile, the world’s top copper producer, the Constitutional Convention is proposing environmental language that could in practice scale back mining. In Bolivia, debates within...

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