Around the world, communities, nature and the climate are being devastated by large scale extraction of minerals and metals with severe consequences that we are already seeing. The world’s appetite for minerals is growing insatiably, exceeding planetary limits and mass overconsumption by the few at the expense of the many, but communities are speaking out and inviting us to rethink the way we participate in the natural system that sustains us, bringing forward a shift of paradigm.
What steps has Latin America taken? What are some of the strategies being applied at a local level to declare mining-free territories? May these be considered pieces of a larger puzzle to imagine a post-extractive world? What are some of the alternatives being built buttom-up that tackle the extractive model?
These are some of the questions we will be addressing during our webinar with the contribution of Latin American experts and community leaders from Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia.
The webinar will be held using Zoom video conferencing software. You don’t need to sign up to zoom, but you do need to download and install the app or launcher to your computer before the call. There are three easy steps:
Facilitator: Mariana Gomez Soto, YLNM Regional Coordinator for Latin America
Enrique Viale (Argentina) – Member of Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Enrique is a lawyer who has supported the fight against large-scale mining in Argentina, achieving to get 7 provinces in the country to prohibit it. He has taken people in high-level positions to the tribunal for violating the Glacier Protection Law amongst other important achievements for the last two decades.
Rodrigo Negrete (Colombia) – Environmental lawyer
Rodrigo is an expert lawyer in the implementation of Popular Consultations and Municipal Agreements for the defense of territory and the exclusion of mining from Municipalities. This environmental lawyer has worked for the Ministry of Environment, the National Parks Office, the National Attorney, UNDP and the Inter America Bank amongst other organizations in related topics, and currently supports local processes in defense of territory.
Renzo Alexander García Parra (Colombia) – Head of the Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida in Tolima.
Renzo is a Biologist, Master (c) in Territory, Conflict and Culture; Vice President of the Association of Biologists of the University of Tolima; Co-founder of the Environmental Committee in Defense of Life, the Network of Environmental Committees of Tolima and the National Environmental Movement (socio-environmental movements in Colombia that promote territorial defense actions against the imposition of extractive projects).
Ivonne Yañéz (Ecuador) – Acción Ecológica
Environmental activist. Founding member of Oilwatch, founding member of Acción Ecológica, active in the network Ecological Debt (www.deudaecologica.org), former member of the executive committee of Friends of the Earth International.
Inty Arcos (Ecuador) – Member of the man-community of the Andean-Chocó region
Inty is a social and environmental leader from the Andean-Chocó region who represents the interests of the local communities for the defense of territory.
Valentina Camacho (Ibagué, Colombia) – Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida
Valentina is a journalist in charge of the communications and social movilization strategy for the Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida in the Tolima Region and the National Environmental Movement.
Camila Méndez (Cajamarca, Colombia) – Member of COSAJUCA
Camila is a defender of Human Rights and Territory. She currently studies Social Sciences and is part of the COSAJUCA Collective and the Environmental and Peasant Committee of Cajamarca and Anaime.
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