Ecuador’s ‘progressive’ extractivism – mining, ecocide and the silencing of dissent

Ecuador’s ‘progressive’ extractivism – mining, ecocide and the silencing of dissent

As Ecuador’s elections loom, YLNM ally and long-time campaigner Carlos Zorilla explores why ‘progressive extractivism’ is a contradiction and predicts an intensification of struggles to protect land, water and life. The Ecologist. 06/03/2017 Ecuador’s policy of silencing non-governmental organisations that question its policies and programmes has recently attracted the world’s...

Protecting Your Community from Mining and Other Extractive Industries

Protecting Your Community from Mining and Other Extractive Industries

Español y francais debajo/dessous. This is an how-to guide for resisting mining and other extractive operations and protecting your community. Read the full guide online in English (pdf). See the related photo guide.  The guide provides strategies and tactics for preventing extraction, and for reducing damage if extraction is already...

In the name of poverty eradication: The terrible costs of Ecuador’s extractivist policies

In the name of poverty eradication: The terrible costs of Ecuador’s extractivist policies

By Carlos Zorrilla Despite its very dark history in Latin America and Africa (1), extractivism- or the extraction of natural resources at unsustainable rates- is still being favored by self-proclaimed progressive governments, such as Ecuador and Bolivia, with the justification of ending poverty. This has become a mantra for these...

21 Reasons not to mine copper in Intag, Ecuador

21 Reasons not to mine copper in Intag, Ecuador

By Carlos Zorilla, resident of Intag and member of Decoin. Two decades after the resistance to mining in Intag began against a large-scale mining project, which led to the expulsion of two transnational mining companies and the creation of sustainable alternative, Chile’s mining company Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, in...

Yes to Life, No to Mining Update, December 2014. New film, stories of resistance, interviews, toolkits and actions.

Yes to Life, No to Mining Update, December 2014. New film, stories of resistance, interviews, toolkits and actions.

December 2014. New film launched In Solidarity with communities. Stories of resistance from around the planet. Interviews, toolkits and actions. Friends, Thank you for pledging your support to the Yes to Life, No to Mining movement. Through these occasional dispatches we will keep you updated with inspiring stories of mining resistance from around...