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City, Ecology, Climate and the Common Good: State of Affairs, Challenges and Perspectives from Latin America.

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Ciudad, ecología, clima y bien común: estado de situación, retos y perspectivas desde América Latina.
Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos
Journal Article
Entornos, Volume 28, Issue 2, Pages 82-92
The work opens with a review of the overall urban problematic and in Latin America, to further give account of the main implications and immediate and midterm challenges, as well as the potential solutions currently under discussion, especially from the urban metabolism perspective and the urban ecology policy, better said, of the political ecology of urban metabolism. Thus the metabolic profiles of some Latin American cities are analyzed, including some matters related to the climate and socioenvironmental implications. Likewise, how far the main solutions proposed in international literature and in the academy contribute to the construction of anti-systemic alternatives, or by default, how far are they bets of resistance to any deep paradigm change, is reviewed, in case of the urban it refers from the approach assumed here, to cities which -spatial/territorial function- moves away from the accumulation of capital to rather build, with coordinated and consensus actions from bottom to top and from top to bottom, more fair, sustainable and resilient settlements, with more harmonic relations with the adjacent territories and beyond.
Original Abstract
El trabajo abre con una revisión de la problemática urbana en general y en América Latina, para luego dar cuenta de las principales implicaciones y retos inmediatos y a mediano plazo, así como las potenciales soluciones actualmente en discusión, sobre todo desde la perspectiva del metabolismo urbano y la ecología política urbana, o mejor dicho, de la ecología política del metabolismo urbano. Se analizan así los perfiles metabólicos de algunas ciudades latinoamericanas, incluyendo algunas cuestiones relacionadas a las implicaciones climáticas y socioambientales. Asimismo se revisa hasta dónde las principales soluciones propuestas en la literatura internacional y en la academia, contribuyen con la construcción de alternativas anti-sistémicas o, en su defecto, hasta dónde resultan ser apuestas de resistencia a cualquier cambio profundo de paradigma, que en el caso de lo urbano alude desde la perspectiva aquí asumida, a ciudades cuya función -espacial/territorial- se aleja de la acumulación de capital para en cambio construir, con acciones coordinadas y consensuadas de abajo hacia arriba y de arriba hacia abajo, asentamientos más justos, sustentables y resilientes, con relaciones más armónicas con los territorios aledaños y más allá.
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