Latin-American Group on Environmental Thought and Action
This portal is a tool for information and dissemination of research, programs, documents, debates and events specifically from the work group at GRUPALA*. *GRUPALA is a Thought and Environmental Action group; its main objective is the construction and communication of published materials (physical and virtual) on the most relevant documents of Latin American environmental history, with special emphasis on its institutional dimension.
We also aspire to be useful to universities, teachers and students in environmental issues, to exchange documents, publications and information of various kinds within the framework of institutional environmental history, socio-environmental studies and those of resounding eco-politics.
The Group works in the following areas:
A) Analysis of Institutional Environmental History and its different viewpoints.
B) Analysis and evaluation of documents, and methodological and conceptual contributions, of the most relevant social and environmental events that led to changes in the political agenda and to the emergence of movements and more sustainable trends in environmental management and land use, as well as to the updating of these contributions.
C) Strengthening the socio-environmental and local academic teams that can continue with the definition and implementation of this task.
D) Suggesting and preparing an academic agenda on socioenvironmental education to be developed in a coordinated and cooperative manner in several countries.
E) Defining and implementing research projects needed to advance and gain more profound knowledge on specific aspects regarding general and particular views of environmental issues.
Its promoters are acknowledged intellectuals and environmentalists from the continent whose dedication to these issues is widely recognized.
Comments by group members
“In the environmental universe, we make a unique contribution: a high level of experiences and the capability to reflect from the origins, which increases its value in the same measure that environmental awareness and lifestyles and thought are expanded associated to that expansion” Guillermo Castro
“Our task is to systematize, as a group not as an isolated and disconnected effort; we aspire to become a working team whose organization can be identified as a respected alliance. Thus we can still strive to provide the unique advantage of our work that relates social and cultural issues to environmental concerns over individual ones; a certain free and voluntary organization of efforts that we hope will transcend time.” H. Sejenovich
“While the group includes colleagues who have played a prominent role in the conception, creation and critique of environmental institutions in our region, it is part of a larger and complex process, where, for example, rural and urban socio-environmental movements and the development of significant intellectual thought in the global landscape occupy a place of the utmost importance. The institutional, social, cultural, economic and political aspects are part of the same process in our region and in other parts of the world.” Guillermo Castro.