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This paper examines the placement and impact of landfills within Guatemala City, Guatemala. By examining the municipal cite and its accessibility to policy taken on towards proper waste management, the recurring theme of lack of information will be obvious. It specifically looks at the lack of information provided and describes the landfill communities by looking at the minimal scholarship and media attention offered. This paper will also interrelate the importance of all beings, living and non-living with its surroundings and highlight ideas of ecological thinking. An emphasis on environmental racism will be stressed, particularly with the enormous impact it has had on indigenous populations, of whom are subjected to living in these landfills without proper access to education, resources or representation in government.

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Spring 5-4-2016


Newport, RI


Guatemala, Guatemala City, Landfills, Communities, Indigenous People, Human Rights, Waste Management, Public Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Morton, Pope Francis, Ecological Thought


Critical and Cultural Studies | Environmental Policy | Environmental Studies | Health Policy | International and Intercultural Communication | Journalism Studies | Latin American Studies | Other Anthropology | Social Influence and Political Communication

Landfill Communities within the Land of Eternal Spring



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