5 Stories of Resistance and Revival from 2017

5 Stories of Resistance and Revival from 2017

On every inhabited continent, communities are defending land, water and life from unwanted mining operations, building the alternatives to extractivism and winning victories. Here we share some stories to inspire from 2017. Popular consultations banning mining sweep Colombia In a landmark popular consultation, on 26th March 2017 a resounding 98%...

Highlights from the YLNM Network in 2017

Highlights from the YLNM Network in 2017

In 2017 the YLNM Network has welcomed new members; supported critical campaigns and held its first global meeting of coordinators. Here we re-cap some of our network’s highlights. A first global gathering of YLNM Coordinators in Galicia In March 2017, YLNM’s 9 Regional coordinators met for the first time in Galicia, Spain,...

The Colombian government has a new strategy to limit popular consultations but communities are proving it wrong

The Colombian government has a new strategy to limit popular consultations but communities are proving it wrong

The Colombian Government is taking steps to stop citizens participating in decisions about the future of their territories. But the people of Córdoba are fighting back. Article translated from Spanish to English by Yes to Life no to Mining. 23/11/17. For original article, click here. As a result of the...

Press Release: Frontline defenders travel to London to counter Mines and Money conference between 25-30 November

Press Release: Frontline defenders travel to London to counter Mines and Money conference between 25-30 November

YLNM Coordinator for South East Asia Enteng Bautista and Camila Mendez from member group COSAJUCA, will travel to the heart of the mining industry- London – to challenge the Mines and Money Conference. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 21/11/17.  London Mining Network, War on Want, The Gaia Foundation, YLNM, Colombia Solidarity,...

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

by: Valentina Camacho Montealegre @valentinacmpm (twitter) Through a public letter to the Colombian Constitutional Court, 14 international organizations, 112 Colombian organizations, six research groups and 90 experts and social leaders expressed their opposition against the pronouncement made by the high court saying they are looking at ways of limiting popular...

Comité Ambiental at the UN: Colombia should respect popular consultations

Comité Ambiental at the UN: Colombia should respect popular consultations

Popular consultations are giving citizens a democratic say on the future of mining and energy projects across Colombia. Yet they face opposition from government and business. This week, the Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida addressed the UN to discuss why popular consultations must be respected. Valentina Camacho Montealegre....

Ibagué, first capital city in Colombia to prohibit polluting mining

Ibagué, first capital city in Colombia to prohibit polluting mining

By Valentina Camacho Montealegre | Published 06/08/2017 @valentinacmpm   With 14 votes in favour, the plenary of the City Council of Ibagué has approved Agreement 012 “whereby measures are to be taken for the preservation and defense of the ecological and cultural heritage of the Municipality of Ibagué” by banning mega-mining. The...

Press-release on the Outrage against environmental leaders in Cajamarca, Colombia – By the Youth Socio-environmental collective group of Cajamarca COSAJUCA 

Press-release on the Outrage against environmental leaders in Cajamarca, Colombia – By the Youth Socio-environmental collective group of Cajamarca COSAJUCA 

By: COSAJUCA 28 of July 2017  COSAJUCA informs the public opinion that the 28th of July at 7:30pm close to the hamlet of Cajamarca, exactly on the road to the Rincón Placer and Ciudadela Ismael Perdomo, two members of COSAJUCA were victims of an outrage with firearm. Fortunately, these two...

Pijao and Arbeláez say No to mining and hydrocarbons

Pijao and Arbeláez say No to mining and hydrocarbons

The municipalities of Pijao and Arbeláez have voted to ban mining and oil extraction in their territories in order to defend sustainable rural livelihoods and new ideals for their cities. Text below translated from El Espectador. 9th July 2017 With 2,613 votes from the people of Pijao and 4,312 from...

Jericó and Támesis: Colombian municipalities find new ways to stay mining-free

Jericó and Támesis: Colombian municipalities find new ways to stay mining-free

Colombian citizens are employing a range of new democratic tactics to defend their territories, livelihoods and life from extractivism, writes Mariana Gomez, YLNM Coordinator for Latin America. This is a moment of great innovation. Article compiled thanks to articles and press notes by Fernando Jaramillo, Francisco Arias and other members of...