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, to explore the future of the YLNM network and exchange with local anti-mining movements.
At the heart of our discussions were two key questions:
- How can YLNM best strengthen frontline communities resisting mining?
- How can YLNM help advance discussions and actions globally that challenge the root causes of extractivism as a pattern of injustice and accumulation?
These questions were answered by YLNM Network members themselves, who said our network should create spaces for exchange and solidarity between communities; defend the defenders of human rights and the planet; help ensure just transitions are post-extractive transitions
Colombia: Piloting an exchange fund to support resistance and alternatives
In 2017 YLNM began helping to create spaces for exchange and solidarity between communities with experience of successful resistance, those facing mining and those feeling the impacts directly.
We have been supporting Colombian YLNM members the Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida to share their experience of successfully and peacefully organising to protect land and water in Cajamarca with others across the Department of Tolima.
More soon… for now, find out how communities in Colombia are defending their territories from mining in an intersectional struggle for peace, democracy, human rights and the health of our living planet.
Organising and supporting gatherings that challenge extractivism
From the Philippines to Colombia to the UK, YLNM has helped to organise and enable gatherings of activists and communities resisting unwanted mining around the world in 2017. These gatherings are critical moments for creating solidarity and sharing experiences to strengthen campaigns globally.
This November, YLNM supported Regional Coordinator for South East Asia, Enteng Bautista, and Camila Mendez from member group COSAJUCA to join UK activists challenging the deadly links between mines and money in London, the industry’s financial heart.
Welcoming new members and coordinators
In 2017 YLNM welcomed new Regional Coordinators from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network in Canada to the network.
New member groups, all fighting powerful campaigns for human rights, healthy land and water, also joined the network. Our warmest welcomes go out to Pueblo Shuar Arutam (Ecuador), Stop Uranio (Spain), Movement for Moderate Living (Finland), Vida e Ria (Spain), Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Save Our Sperrins (N.Ireland) and Hellenic Mining Watch (Greece).
Sharing stories, tools, videos for resistance and revival
YLNM has continued to be an outlet and amplifier for news, toolkits and films from inspiring mining resistance and alternative building efforts around the world, including Colombia’s popular consultations; post-mining ecosystem restoration in Finland and the campaign to stop Deep Sea Mining.
Looking Beyond Extractivism
No to mining. Then what?
This is a question often posed to individuals and communities asserting their right to Free Prior and Informed Consent; including the right to say NO to unwanted mining (which means YES to healthy lands and waters and the possibility of sustainable livelihoods).
In 2018 we hope to explore this question in greater detail, creating new platforms to share the diverse experiences and strategies of member groups advancing alternatives to extractivism from the ground up.
For now, we have enriched our library on ‘post-extractivism’ where you can find radical alternatives to current models of ‘development’ thinking that support an oppressively extractive, non-reciprocal relationship with Earth and each other.
- 5 stories of resistance and revival from 2017
- YLNM’s 2017 pick of films and tools for mining resistance