South America plays a critical role in the context of global climate change, and more broadly of global environmental change. In 2012, a special issue of Environmental Ethics was published, with contributions from environmental philosophers working in South America. ISEE’s exchanges with South America can be traced back to August 1998, during the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy held in Boston, when we recognized the importance of global scale and interregional dialogue and decided to create regional sections within the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE). Teresa Kwiatkowska became the representative for Mexico and Central America, and Ricardo Rozzi started coordinating the South American section. To help strengthen environmental ethics in the South American academia and stimulate an interregional dialogue, Ricardo invited South American thinkers to write short essays on environmental philosophy in their countries. With colleagues and graduate students associated with the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program at the universities of Magallanes (Chile) and North Texas (U.S.A.), they translated these essays from Spanish into English, and with Mark Woods and Charmayne Palomba inaugurated a bilingual series on South American Environmental Philosophy published in the ISEE Newsletter between 2007 and 2010. These essays provided the starting point for this special issue of Environmental Ethics that resulted from academic exchanges that have attempted to integrate philosophical theory and practice to address the current complex eco-social challenges at regional and planetary scales. The continued support for this interdisciplinary work pro¬vided by Juan Armesto, Director of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, and Andrés Mansilla, Director of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Magallanes, has made it possible to develop research, education, and policy work that seeks to better integrate environmental ethics promoting the sustainability of life, human and other-than-human, in the heterogeneous regions of the planet.
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