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...

TAKE URGENT ACTION: Earth defender Javier Ramirez sentenced to jail

TAKE URGENT ACTION: Earth defender Javier Ramirez sentenced to jail

Environmental activist and community leader, Darwin Javier Ramírez Piedra continues to be targeted in what appears to be an attempt to silence his campaigning against the impact of mining activities on the community’s right to water. This will have a chilling effect on others wishing to exercise their right to...

Intag’s Recurrent Nightmare: Adding Up The Costs Of Ecuador’s Mineral Wars

Intag’s Recurrent Nightmare: Adding Up The Costs Of Ecuador’s Mineral Wars

By Carlos Zorilla. Original source: Upside Down World It seems hard to believe, but it’s been twenty years since the resistance to the large-scale open pit copper mining project began in Intag. Two decades. Almost a generation.   During that time, the threat of wide scale destruction and social upheaval that...

Ecuador: NO to mining in the rainforest #LibertadparaJavierRamirez

Ecuador: NO to mining in the rainforest #LibertadparaJavierRamirez

The beautiful cloud forests of Ecuador’s Intag region have a fatal flaw – they are standing on a deposit of copper ore. Villagers opposed to plans for a giant open-cast mine are being harassed and criminalized. Community leader Javier Ramírez has been jailed on fabricated charges for ten months. Please...