Water


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

CENSORSHIP IN VACA MUERTA

German photographer recording oil pollution has accused Argentinian police officers of censorship and violence

Stefan Borghardt is a German photojournalist who came to Neuquen to report about fracking in Argentina and particularly to photograph the development of the Vaca Muerta megaproject. On January 7th he was arrested by the police while he was taking photographs of the activities at the oil waste management plant  … Read more

Failed model: greenwashing

Serious accusations against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is holding its annual meeting

“It´s a sham” saying that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is solving the serious socioenvironmental effects of this industry, said Nigerian environmental activist Rita Uwaka. “There are more environmental abuses, human rights abuses in countries where most of these RSPO certified companies exist”, she added. The annual conference  … Read more

Drop by drop

Uruguay: signatures collected to repeal irrigation law

In 2004, Uruguay was the first country that enshrined the access to drinking water as a human right and a common good, not a commodity, in its Constitution. The irrigation law passed by the Parliament in 2017 authorizes private companies to bottle and sell water, that is, against what is  … Read more

Greenwashing

Bertrand Sansonnens, of Friends of the Earth Switzerland, on palm oil: “voluntary guidelines do not work, we need binding rules at

At the end of June, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which gathers actors from several sectors of the palm oil industry, reported that they had suspended Swiss company Nestlé´s membership for failing to follow the RSPO´s Statutes and Code of Conduct. However, Nestlé “doesn´t seem to care”, warned  … Read more

Dignified resistance in Malaysia

Indigenous people standing in defense of their lands against governmental and business abuses

Approximately 800 Orang Asli indigenous people are blockading since February 15, 2018 at several areas of the Gua Musang district, Kelantan State, Malaysia, in defence of the environment and their customary rights over land and to stop forest exploitation, mining and large-scale monoculture plantations. “We want to block any activity  … Read more