On 13 August 2017, rangers started to evict people and livestock from 1,500 square kilometres of land in Loliondo, Northern Tanzania. Houses and bomas (homesteads) have been burned. The evictions are taking place during an extreme drought.
The numbers are horrific. About every 15 minutes an elephant is killed. That adds up to 150,000 elephants killed in the past five years. At this rate, the African elephant could become extinct in 15 years.
To address climate change we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground. While the UK government doesn’t quite go as far as acknowledging this obvious fact, it does claim to be working to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in low-carbon energy sources”.
Prakash Kashwan is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. In a new paper published in Ecological Economics, Kashwan investigates the relationship between inequality, democracy and the establishment of protected areas.
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