THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FRACKING, THE DEFENSE OF LIFE

Opinion piece by CENSAT Agua Viva - Friends of the Earth Colombia

The “11th March in defense of water, life and territory” and against “fracking” and polluting mining took place on June 7th. Approximately 70 municipalities with over 300,000 people participated, and 130,000 of them met in Ibagué. The “March” was first developed in Ibagué after an initiative of the Environmental Committee  … Read more

LATIN AMERICAN PEASANT YOUTH CALLS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE CITY

5th Youth Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-LVC)

The 7th Continental Congress of the Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-La Vía Campesina) began on June 25 in Güira de Melena (Artemisa, Cuba) with peasant youth as protagonists as they carried out their 5th Assembly. This meeting took place at the “Niceto Pérez García” Center of the National Association of  … Read more

SURROUNDED BY MINING

Movement for Popular Sovereignty in Mining registers 166 open-pit mining projects in Rio Grande do Sul

The data were presented during the Popular Assembly on Mining on June 11 in Eldorado do Sul. In that same municipality of Rio Grande do Sul state, there will be a public hearing on June 27 about the Guaíba Mine, reports Friends of the Earth Brazil. The number of mining  … Read more

European Union – Mercosur Agreement “will weaken” regional integration

After over 20 years of negotiations, Mercosur and the EU are closer than ever of signing a free trade agreement

This week there was a new round of negotiations and in light of the potentially imminent conclusion of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, social movements and organizations gathered in the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism expressed their rejection to the agreement  … Read more

Argentina: Supreme Court upholds Glacier Protection Law

Mining corporations and the government of San Juan had challenged the law and demanded it be declared “unconstitutional”

The country´s top court rejected the challenge to the law filed by mining corporations with the support of the government of San Juan Province, which demanded the Glacier Protection Law passed in 2010 to be repealed and to be considered unconstitutional. In Argentina there are 322 mining projects, 44 of  … Read more

Era of new challenges: “Now the ones coming and taking over your land are saying that we need to save the planet”

Interview with Jun Borras, one of the founders of La Vía Campesina International

Saturnino ‘Jun’ M. Borras Jr. is a Filipino political activist and academic who has been deeply involved in rural social movements in the Philippines and internationally since the early 1980s. He was part of the core organizing team that established the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina. Jun has written  … Read more

African youth for system change

Friends of the Earth Nigeria is building an environmental youth network

The lives of human rights defenders in Africa are seriously threatened. For example, in Cameroon, on 26 May, human rights defender Elvis Brown Luma Mukuna received a death threat via a call from an unknown number. Ten days earlier, two men had forcibly entered Elvis’s house, abducted his younger brother  … Read more

Honduran voices against Juan Orlando Hernández demand his removal

Analysis by Dr. Juan Almendarez about the mobilizations against the privatization of education and healthcare

At the end of May, Juan Orlando Hernández´ administration announced several reforms aiming to privatize services, through the passing of the Law of Restructuring and Transformation of the National Education and Healthcare System. So people took to the streets once against in Tegucigalpa against the threat of massive dismissals of  … Read more