Catching hell in paradise: Environmental justice and superfuous labour in Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico in the twenty-frst century

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This chapter examines the impact of climate change, the extractive industries being a major contributory factor, on the Caribbean region with a focus on Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti. The goal of this chapter is to analyze the impact of climate change in the Caribbean with special focus on Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti against the backdrop of the extractive industries and labour. Climate tipping points have swept through the Caribbean over the past decade, leaving a trail of destruction and despair as disastrous hurricanes, tropical storms, and earthquakes wreak havoc on the people of the region. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2021) has issued a preliminary report highlighting how current climate catastrophes, including forest fires in Europe and the United States, spikes in temperature reaching triple digits, and melting glaciers (raising sea levels) suggest that the planet Earth has reached beyond the point of no return. In addition, this chapter will spotlight these three Caribbean states’ superfluous labourers who no longer take part in a meaningful way in the global economy. These communities are part of the redundant or marginal population, like their counterparts in urban America, whose services are no longer needed in the new economy. The pandemic (COVID-19) has disproportionately left them out of the decision-making circles on many fronts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExtractivism and Labour in the Caribbean
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781003815891
ISBN (Print)9781032342009
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences

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