Energy Justice and the Consolidated Informal City: A Case Study of Isidro Fabela, Mexico City
- Ariadna Itzel Reyes-Sánchez, Ph.DPostdoctoral FellowPerry World House’s Global Shifts Program
Even though consolidated informal settlements, known as “colonias populares,” constitute most of the urban land of the Mexico City metropolitan area, there is a poor understanding of how people use energy in these communities. By examining energy consumption associated with self-help housing, the daily household energy and water usage, and job commuting practices, Reyes-Sánchez's doctoral research provides a complete energy assessment of consolidated informal settlements. Reyes-Sánchez's dissertation draws on energy justice theory, which states the urban poor use less energy than upper-income residents despite their lack of access to technological innovations, such as solar water heaters. From the perspective of climate justice, environmental risks, such as the Mexico City’s water crisis, affect the urban poor more than wealthier residents even though the poor contribute less to greenhouse gas emissions. Join Perry World House for the first talk of this Perry World House Seminar Series.