Latin America and the Caribbean


The win-win situation hidden behind the Amazonia fires

Reports from Friends of the Earth Brazil with communities affected by Amazonia fires

“How agribusiness and financial markets profit from the devastation of the world´s largest tropical forest”. In this first part of a series of two audio-visual reports, Friends of the Earth Brazil unravels the forces behind the crimes that take place in Brazilian forests. In its second part, the organization analyzes,  … Read more

Protests in Ecuador: indigenous communities travel to Quito

20,000 indigenous people from CONAIE are travelling to the capital city of Ecuador, Quito, to participate in a national strike

The Chair of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador (CONAIE), Jaime Vargas, announced that the members of the organization arrived to Quito on Monday 7. The march of indigenous movements and nations was met with violent attacks by the Ecuadorian Police. The leader stated that the communities will continue  … Read more

A global gallery of change

The Atlas of Utopias features 33 stories from 24 countries that show inspiring community-led transformation

Transformative Cities, a project launched by a group of international organisations including Friends of the Earth International, the Transnational Institute (TNI), Right to the City platform and RIPESS, has recently published an Atlas of Utopias which shows that “change is happening”, Sam Cossar-Gilbert told Real World Radio. Cossar-Gilbert coordinates Friends of  … Read more

No to green deserts

Friends of the Earth Brazil rejects position of IUFRO World Congress in favor of industrial plantations and GM trees

On the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations celebrated on September 21, environmental organization Amigos DaTerra Brasil issued a statement rejecting the World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) which will take place in Curitiba from September 29 to October 5 with the support  … Read more

David Castillo: Corruption and violence in Honduras

COPINH launched investigation about alleged mastermind of the murder of Berta Cáceres. He has links with extractive companies.

After 42 months of the political femicide of Berta Cáceres in Honduras, and while people await the definitive ruling against the seven men accused as the perpetrators of the crime  and the beginning of the trial against David Castillo as one of the masterminds, the organization that was coordinated by the  … Read more

CONCERN OVER INCURSION OF ARMED GROUPS IN GARIFUNA TERRITORY

Interview with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about the harassment experienced by Vallecito people in the hands of heavily armed men

The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) denounced in its social media accounts that on Wednesday several armed men entered the Garifuna community of Vallecito, Department of Colon, harassing the inhabitants. The organization warns that this territory has been experiencing increasing threats and militarization in the past weeks. These lands  … Read more

Artisanal fisherfolk lose their homes in Colombia after floods caused by El Quimbo Dam

Association of people affected by El Quimbo Dam (Asoquimbo – Ríos Vivos Colombia) held sit-in on Friday 9.

On August 5, the Emgesa company issued a yellow warning in the area near El Quimbo Dam, due to  rising water levels in Magdalena River, which affects artisanal fisherfolk who live downriver. The alarms went off at midnight, when the company opened the dam gates, releasing a large amount of  … Read more

Vale ordered to pay compensation for Brumadinho

Minas Gerais court ruled mining company Vale has to pay compensation for damage caused after collapse of tailings dam.

The order was issued on July 9 by Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira, member of the Minas Gerais Justice Tribunal. While the amount to be paid by the company has not been defined yet, the court has blocked Vale´s assets for 3 billion dollars and commissioned an independent technical investigation to  … Read more

Organizations announce Peoples´ Summit 2019

“Save the Earth, Change the System” is the slogan used by organizations resisting in defense of the planet

Over 160 social, environmental and feminist organisations, together with different unions, make up the Peoples´ Summit 2019, which was presented on July 9 in Santiago, Chile. The Peoples´ Summit will take place in Chile in resistance to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum –APEC 2019– and the United Nations Summit on  … Read more

60 years after the agrarian reform in Cuba

Interview with Rafael Santiesteban, head of ANAP. Currently, over 400,000 peasants produce food for the whole island

The communications team of the 8th Continental Congress of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-La Vía Campesina) interviewed Rafael Santiesteban, head of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), present at the Congress. The event took place on June 28 in El Laguito, in Havana, Cuba. Santiesteban reflected  … Read more