In Defence of Life

In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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In Defence of Life follows the struggles and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania. Courageous environmental and human rights defenders from these communities describe how they have suffered and why they are standing firm to protect their families, land, water...

Sister Stella Matutina – In Defence of Life

Sister Stella Matutina – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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“Development is not about amassing profits and money in the hands of the few.” Sister Stella Matutina, a prominent Filipino human rights and environmental defender, describes the great suffering foreign mining companies have brought to the Philippines. Challenging the argument that mining brings development, Sister Stella describes how the people...

Nnimmo Bassey – In Defence of Life

Nnimmo Bassey – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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“It’s about grabbing a part of the Earth an placing a mark of ownership on something that actually owns you. It doesn’t add up.” In this interview poet, Earth Defender and Right Livelihood Award Winner Nnimmo Bassey challenges the assumptions at the very root of the mining industry- that we...

Stephan Harding – In Defence of Life

Stephan Harding – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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In this interview, Dr Stephan Harding, Head of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, describes Gaia Theory and the implications of understanding Earth as a living planet for our societies today. Emphasising the crucial importance of listening to and working alongside Indigenous Peoples, Stephan argues that we must...

Mariana Gomez Soto – In Defence of Life

Mariana Gomez Soto – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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“The voices that are closest to the land are speaking out and gaining strength.” Mariana Gomez, Latin American Coordinators for the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network, discusses the strategies mining companies use to entice communities into leaving their lands. She describes how, in response, communities around the world...

Vandana Shiva – In Defence of Life

Vandana Shiva – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
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In this interview scientist and Earth Defender Vandana Shiva discusses the key ingredients for a strong mining resistance and deconstructs the myth that mining brings prosperity to the people. Drawing on her experiences resisting mining operations- and winning- in India, Vandana shows that small, well-organised communities can triumph against the...