'Somos Sacrificables': Natural Resources, Sustainability & the Clean Economy. - Oliver Balch

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College of Arts and Humanities


Oliver Balch
Dr Lloyd Davies

Speaker's Biography

Mae Oliver Balch yn newyddiadurwr annibynnol sy'n arbenigo yn rôl busnes mewn cymdeithas. Mae'n byw ym Mhortiwgal ar hyn o bryd ac yn cyfrannu'n rheolaidd at The Guardian, The Times a'r FT, yn ogystal â chyfryngau eraill yn y DU ac yn rhyngwladol. Cwblhaodd Oliver PhD yng Nghanolfan Astudiaethau Lladin-Americanaidd Prifysgol Caergrawnt yn 2018, gan ganolbwyntio ar rôl moeseg gorfforaethol, buddsoddiad tramor a neo-echdyniaeth (neo extractivism) yn Wrwgwái. Oliver yw awdur tri llyfr teithio, gan gynnwys Viva South America! Mae ei lyfr diweddaraf yn canolbwyntio ar Amasonia.

From: March 11, 2021, 7 p.m.
To: March 11, 2021, 8 p.m.
Location: Online Event - Please see description

Introduced by Dr Lloyd Davies

The tale of resource extraction in South America is as an age-old story. Recent decades have seen a new chapter begin to open as the region’s governments seek to recast extractivism as an engine for domestic development. This neo-extractivist turn may well generate macro and microeconomic benefits for host countries but it also comes with high social and environmental costs. The impacts of lithium mining provide an illustrative and timely case in point. Exponential demand for lithium-ion batteries is driving a mining boom in the fragile Atacama region of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. To secure European supply, moves are now afoot to expand lithium production into Portugal. Through the lens of this rush for “white oil”, this webinar will explore three core questions: what are the costs of neo-extractivism in South America, how are these legitimised, and what (if anything) can be done to resist?

Contact: Cultural Institute - Swansea University (Email: cultural-institute@swansea.ac.uk)

Website: https://bit.ly/oliverbalch11

Event created by: m.t.hughes