Thematic Social Forum on Extractivism: Communities say No to extractivism and corporate plunder!

Thematic Social Forum on Extractivism: Communities say No to extractivism and corporate plunder!

On 12th November 2018 the Thematic Social Forum on Extractivism got under way in South Africa, bringing together over 400 community spokespeople & activists to explore how we can go beyond extractivism. Follow #TSFMining, #Right2SayNo and #YestoLifeNotoMining on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date. Press release from our friends WoMin below....

Fusagasugá and San Bernardo say NO to Fracking and Mining through Popular Consultation to defend the largest paramo in the World

Fusagasugá and San Bernardo say NO to Fracking and Mining through Popular Consultation to defend the largest paramo in the World

Original: https://colombialibredefracking.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/comunicado-consultas-populares-fracking/ On the 21stof October, Fusagasugá and San Bernardo will become the epicenter of environmental protection, defense of water and territory in Colombia with the popular consultations taking place in these municipalities. The citizens will voice whether they agree or not with the implementation of Fracking, mining activities and oil...

Territorial Defenders make a symbolic occupation of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá to request for respect towards Popular Consultations

Original: https://comiteambiental.com/noticias/movilizacion/la-toma-simbolica-que-realizaron-los-ambientalistas-a-la-corte-constitucional/ The National Environmental Movement made a symbolic act on Tuesday, October 2nd, in front of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá with the purpose of asking the Constitutional Court to respect the popular consultations and guarantee the participatory democracy recognized in the Political Constitution of Colombia. The environmental movement...

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

The past 11thof August, in Bogotá, around 50 representatives of various territorial defence processes and a dozen experts, joined forces with the purpose of discussing the future of popular consultation in Colombia regarding extractive activities. Delegates of various municipalities from all over the country, from Cesar to Nariño, came together....

Crime against the environment without consequences in Jachal, Argentina

Crime against the environment without consequences in Jachal, Argentina

“The only gold more valuable than life is water, which is life in itself.” Following the story of pollution and impunity unfolding around Barrick Gold’s Veladero Mine in Jachal, Argentina. Published 5/6/18 Only 2% the world´s water is fresh, and 75% of it comes from the glaciers. In Argentina, the...

Extractive colonialism in Europe: the case of Greece #Skouries

Extractive colonialism in Europe: the case of Greece #Skouries

Maria Kadoglou from YLNM member group Hellenic Mining Watch describes how, thanks to the EU’s mining-friendly policies, Greece and other European nations are becoming extractivist states, putting citizens, ecosystems and life-sustaining economies under threat. Published by Hellenic Mining Watch and Gresea Echos No 92, December 2017, Relance minière en Europe (french)....

Our Earth Our Future: To Mine or to Mind?

Our Earth Our Future: To Mine or to Mind?

  • Written on: 03 May 2018
  • Posted under: Videos

Via Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland. On 14th and 15th April, 2018 in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, an international conference, a community meeting and an activist gathering drew together community representatives, including many YLNM member organisations, with experience of successfully resisting, and building alternatives to, gold mining. The events...

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

Original article in La Silla Vacía  By: Juana Marina Hofman Quintero It is not a matter of whether the right to participation should be restricted or not, nor to absurdly think that communities will be able to decide whether or not they want public lighting. The central discussion here is...

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

What happens after a community successfully says No to mining? Having rejected the La Colosa Gold Mine in a popular consultation last year, the people of Cajamarca, Colombia, and forward-thinking Colombia businesses are building a future based on the region’s real treasures- clean water, land and agriculture. Article drawn from...

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

By: Jairo Barbosa – Member of the information committee – Movimiento Cívico por el Agua y por la Vida de Gachantivá Gachantivá is not an exception of the national mining problem and wants to ratify the right consecrated in the Political Constitution of 1991, of the community in power to decide the...