Can Environmental Knowledge That Reaffirms Sustainable Livelihoods be Maintained?
Acknowledging the presence of livelihoods where meanings of life and wellbeing connect to natural times and processes, and that these permeate and constitute a whole cultural, social, economic and spiritual universe, this paper aims to contribute to the understanding of the complex relationships between the livelihoods of the community of Santa Fe de la Laguna and their environmental knowledge construction, reproduction and transmission processes. The focus of study is the community’s livelihoods as a complex totality, which includes everything that provides continuity and meaning of life in the community (Baumgartner & Rist, 2011). Environmental knowledge, in this context, is present in all their life representations and socio-economic modes of organization, which in turn are inextricably linked. Comprehending the processes of their environmental knowledge construction and reproduction, could link to understanding ways of maintaining valued sustainable livelihoods. Recognising the influences and processes that could change or are changing their environmental knowledge and sustainable livelihood systems, may prove to be a valuable input in a process of collective critical reflection in the community towards a sustainable future.