The Environmentalism of the Poor

Joan Martínez Alier, possibly the best known ecological economist in Spain, has studied throughout his work the importance of ecological limits to combat any doctrine of economic growth. In his work he has explored the possibilities of an encounter between certain forms of communal socialism and ecology to elaborate eco-social alternatives “from below”. One of his most influential books, The Environmentalism of the Poor, systematizes this propositional position. As a synthesis, we propose the reading of this conference under the same title.