Articles | Volume 75, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 75, 403–414, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-75-403-2020

Special issue: Special edition Social Geography: Climate and marine justice...

Geogr. Helv., 75, 403–414, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-75-403-2020

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Between divine and social justice: emerging climate-justice narratives in Latin American socio-environmental struggles

Celia Ruiz-de-Oña Plaza

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This paper examines the climate justice narratives that are gradually emerging in the cross-border territory of Chiapas–Guatemala, in an area of high socio-environmental conflict. The religious factor is the driving force behind many of these anti-capitalist struggles, especially from the perspective of liberation theology. The case study is a call for the inclusion of religion in climate and environmental justice theories, as a relevant factor in territories with a colonial past.