Water


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

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

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with the support of the government of San Juan Province, which demanded the Glacier Protection Law passed in 2010 to be repealed and to be considered unconstitutional.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

Plastic waste trade: one of the most cynical businesses in the capitalist world

In a matter of hours it will be made known whether proposal to control the management of said waste is approved by the UN or not

“We are calling for an end to all plastic waste trade. We find that some of the developed countries are still trying to dump their waste into other countries. Do not dump your waste into developing nations”, (This is what said on Monday environmental activist Mageswari Sangaralingam of SAM –  … Read more

Mozambique after cyclone IDAI: “People know this is climate chaos”

Opinion of Anabela Lemos - Director JA! Friends Of Earth Moçambique

Our people are dying due to intensified weather events, like cyclone IDAI that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14th, and the precedent and related flooding in the rivers of the region, causing utter devastation and suffering. We know that, in Mozambique, we are on the front line of  … Read more

“Water fosters mobilizations against looting”

Interview with Diego Martínez, compiler of report Public Policy and Fundamental Right to Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

Water is more than a basic need: it is a right. In the struggle for this recognition there are many communities facing governments and corporations that attempt to take away this common good from them. Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) published at the end of 2018  … Read more

Life cannot be dammed

FoEI: “The fight against hydroelectric dams is part of our global fight for Climate Justice and to Save Our Rivers”

March 14th marks the International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. Mobilizations around the world denounced the socioenvironmental impacts of these construction works that operate in hydroelectric and mining projects. The Climate Justice and Energy Program of Friends of the Earth International expressed its solidarity with the communities  … Read more

“Nothing is lost yet”

Norway: permit granted to mining project that violates environmental national law and threatens indigenous people will be appealed

On February 14, the Norwegian government gave the green light to a new copper mining project that will cause two million tons of heavy metal waste to be dumped in Repparfjord, in Finnmark province (above the polar Arctic Circle), a fjord protected to preserve its salmon population. The decision has  … Read more

Painful situation in Brumadinho

“Mining companies are not being controlled” denounces movement of affected people (MAB-Brazil)

On January 24, Brazil suffered once again an environmental crime. In Brumadinho, a town in Minas Gerais state, a toxic waste reservoir of the mining company Vale burst and the mud covered the ground and people. We have seen the pictures on social networks of how the mud swept Brumadinho.  … Read more

Until the river is killed

Ríos Vivos Colombia denounces the drying of the Cauca River by Hidroituango. They call for a national mobilization on February 14.

EPM, the public utility service company of Medellin in charge of the construction of Hidroituango, the hydroelectric project in Ituango, municipality of Antioquia, on February 5 closed some gates of the dam, disrupting the bed of the Cauca river and affecting its flow for four days, killing thousands of fish.  … Read more