Climate Change, Buen Vivir, and the Fifth Invasion of Guatemala

Abstract: 

The purpose of this research was to explore how students learn about Buen Vivir as an indigenous alternative to concepts of development. Previously, I have worked in the community of Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, where this research was conducted, as an educator on a youth participatory action research project for the past 10 years. In this research, I interviewed community elders to develop an understanding of a locally relevant concept of Buen Vivir, and examined how young people grappled with this concept in the context of a youth seminar. Preliminarily, we saw that young people understood buen vivir as the formation of subject-subject relations that challenge western concepts of development in key ways. These findings were pre-doctoral and will inform ongoing research examining how young people learn about and develop locally relevant, indigenous responses to climate change.

Author: 
Michael Bakal
Publication date: 
September 3, 2019
Publication type: 
Student Research